ABSTRACT

Perhaps no concept has become dominant in so many fields as rapidly as the Anthropocene. Meaning "The Age of Humans," the Anthropocene is the proposed name for our current geological epoch, beginning when human activities started to have a noticeable impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. Long embraced by the natural sciences, the Anthropocene has now become commonplace in the humanities and social sciences, where it has taken firm enough hold to engender a thoroughgoing assessment and critique. Why and how has the geological concept of the Anthropocene become important to the humanities? What new approaches and insights do the humanities offer? What narratives and critiques of the Anthropocene do the humanities produce? What does it mean to study literature of the Anthropocene? These are the central questions that this collection explores. Each chapter takes a decidedly different humanist approach to the Anthropocene, from environmental humanities to queer theory to race, illuminating the important contributions of the humanities to the myriad discourses on the Anthropocene. This volume is designed to provide concise overviews of particular approaches and texts, as well as compelling and original interventions in the study of the Anthropocene. Written in an accessible style free from disciplinary-specific jargon, many chapters focus on well-known authors and texts, making this collection especially useful to teachers developing a course on the Anthropocene and students undertaking introductory research. This collection provides truly innovative arguments regarding how and why the Anthropocene concept is important to literature and the humanities.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction

The Anthropocene and the Humanities
BySeth T. Reno

part Part 1|86 pages

Approaches

chapter 1|13 pages

The Deep Time Life Kit

Thinking Tools for the Anthropocene
ByLisa Ottum

chapter 2|12 pages

The Two Households

Economics and Ecology
ByScott R. MacKenzie

chapter 3|12 pages

Energy and the Anthropocene

ByKent Linthicum

chapter 4|14 pages

Environmental Racism, Environmental Justice

Centering Indigenous Responses to the Colonial Logics of the Anthropocene
ByRebecca Macklin

chapter 5|12 pages

The World Is Burning

Racialized Regimes of Eco-Terror and the Anthropocene as Eurocene
ByNicolás Juárez

chapter 6|11 pages

Trans*Plantationocene

ByNicholas Tyler Reich

chapter 7|10 pages

The Anthropocene and Critical Method

ByStephen Tedeschi

part Part 2|86 pages

Contexts

chapter 8|12 pages

“One Life” and One Death

Mary Shelley's The Last Man
ByMatthew Rowney

chapter 9|7 pages

Henry David Thoreau

A New Anthropocenic Persona
ByRobert Klevay

chapter 10|7 pages

It's the End of the World

Can We Know It?
ByTobias Wilson-Bates

chapter 11|9 pages

Orlando in the Anthropocene

Climate Change and Changing Times
ByNaomi Perez

chapter 12|13 pages

Corporeal Matters

J.P. Clark's The Wives' Revolt and the Embodied Politics of the Anthropocene
ByKimberly Skye Richards

chapter 13|12 pages

What Global South Critics Do

ByAntonette Talaue-Arogo

chapter 14|12 pages

Queering the Modest Witness in the Chthulucene

Jeff VanderMeer's Borne (a New Weird Case Study)
ByKristin Girten

chapter 15|12 pages

Contemporary Cli-fi as Anthropocene Literature

Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140
BySeth T. Reno