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Topics in Canadian Literature: The Climate Crisis in Literature Written in Canada

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This seminar will be concerned with contemporary texts written in Canada that discuss the physical, political, social, and cultural impacts of climate change on specific Canadian regions and populations. While the focus will be on the Canadian context, as the current crisis affects Canada in unique ways, we will consider diverse and wide-ranging literary responses to climate change in a variety of modes and genres, including the novel, poetry, memoir, and drama. As the texts demonstrate, the discussion of climate emergency is inseparable from issues of social and racial justice. Climate crisis literature ultimately asks for a necessary cultural shift in an attempt to help save the planet. Our discussion will be informed by various ecocritical approaches, environmental justice studies, and the intersections between environmental humanities and Indigenous studies.

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.