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  1. La pluie et le beau temps dans la littérature française : discours scientifiques et transformations littéraires, du Moyen Age à l'époque moderne

    Paris : Hermann, c2012.

    "Depuis quelques années, le travail sur le savoir météorologique des différentes époques a fait de considérables progrès. Les historiens des diverses disciplines engagées ont de plus en plus tendance à comprendre la météorologie non plus seulement comme une discipline scientifique, mais aussi comme discours sur les "choses de l'air". Ce constat vaut particulièrement pour l'histoire littéraire : le temps est donc venu de tenter un premier bilan et de rassembler des études qui présentent un parcours diachronique pour mieux mesurer les continuités et les ruptures dans l'adaptation littéraire du discours météorologique. Le présent ouvrage entend saisir la nature du rapport que les textes littéraires entretiennent avec une littérature érudite, dans laquelle les écrivains puisent leurs idées et leur vocabulaire, pour évoquer des éléments atmosphériques mystérieux et pour fixer par l'écrit une nature "aérienne" en perpétuel "changement" (comme l'indique l'étymologie de meteoros). Il démontre ainsi que loin d'imiter fidèlement ces modèles, les auteurs procèdent à une poétisation de ce discours dans leurs romans, épopées et poèmes, mais aussi dans leurs traités, lettres et mémoires... Car le temps qu'il fait est un "phénomène total" qui transcende la frontière des genres et des disciplines."--P. [4] of cover.

  2. The great derangement : climate change and the unthinkable

    Ghosh, Amitav, 1956-
    Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

    Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability at the level of literature, history, and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today's climate events, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. This is particularly true of serious literary fiction: hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too improbable for the novel; they are automatically consigned to other genres. In the writing of history, too, the climate crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications; Ghosh shows that the history of the carbon economy is a tangled global story with many contradictory and counter-intuitive elements. Ghosh ends by suggesting that politics, much like literature, has become a matter of personal moral reckoning rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. His book serves as a great writer's summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.

  3. Cli-fi : a companion

    First edition. - Oxford : Peter Lang, [2019]

    "Climate change fiction is a new literary phenomenon that emerged at the turn of the twenty-first century in response to what may be society's greatest challenge. Climate change is already part responsible for extreme weather events, flooding, desertification and sea level rise, leading to famine, the spread of disease, and population displacement. Cli-fi novels and films are typically set in the future, telling of disaster and its effect on humans, or they depict the present, beset by dilemmas, conflicts or conspiracies, and pointing to grave consequences. At their heart are ethical and political questions: will humankind rise to the challenge of acting collectively, in the interest of the future? What sacrifices will be necessary, and is a green dictatorship our only hope for survival as a species? Each chapter in this volume offers a way of reading a particular literary text or film, drawing attention to themes, formal features, reception, contribution to public debate, and issues for class discussion. Popular novels and films (Kim Stanley Robinson's Science in the Capital trilogy, Michael Crichton's State of Fear, Ian McEwan's Solar, and The Day after Tomorrow) are examined alongside lesser known writing (for instance J. G. Ballard's 'proto-climate change' novel The Drowned World and Antti Tuomainen's Finnish thriller, The Healer), and films not generally thought of as being about climate change (Frozen and Take Shelter). The book, which includes an introduction tracing the emergence and influence of cli-fi, is directed towards general readers and film enthusiasts as well as teachers and students. Written in an accessible style, it fills the gap between academic studies and online blogs, offering a comprehensive look at this timely new genre" --


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