'There's a storm coming!': reading the threat of climate change in Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter

Woolley, Agnes (2014) 'There's a storm coming!': reading the threat of climate change in Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 21 (1). pp. 174-191. ISSN 1076-0962

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/isle/isu036

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This essay identifies an imaginative impasse in relation to our cultural understanding of the climate change threat, and argues that narrative fiction is well-placed to explore the historically situated experiences of, and vulnerability to, a changing environment. In dramatising what Mike Hulme describes as the “psychological dissonance” engendered by the environmental crisis, Jeff Nichols’s 2011 film Take Shelter suggests alternative ways of knowing our environment to the empirical modes within which contemporary discourses of climate change operate. The tension between metaphor and materiality in the film presents a challenge to the rationalist discourses that have shaped humanity’s relationship to nature historically.

Additional Information:This article appears in: Global Warming Special Issue
Keywords:climate change, film, Jeff Nichols, JCOpen
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:07 Nov 2013 15:27

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