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Apocalyptic California: Gender in Climate Fiction (Hardcover)

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This book explores concepts of environmentalism and feminism in science fiction novels written by women. By extrapolating the future of climate change, the authors of these texts model how readers can apply utopian feminist and environmental theories in their own lives. Chapter One establishes an understanding of ecofeminist environmental thinking through original research conducted at the Ursula K. Le Guin archive at the University of Oregon. Chapter Two shows an example of climate change dystopia set in California in Claire Vaye Watkins' novel Gold Fame Citrus. The final chapters explore utopian visions of queer ecologies in books by Octavia Butler and N.K. Jemisin. Because climate change is so difficult for individuals to grapple with, a new perspective is needed to survive it. The queer ecological philosophy in these novels points to a way of life that can reduce environmental harm in an era of climate change.

About the Author

MaryKate Messimer holds a PhD in English from the University of Arkansas and maintains an academic interest in environmentalism and queer theory. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, and promotes community engagement and empathy in her students and in her personal life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783031299193
ISBN-10: 3031299191
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: April 26th, 2023
Pages: 118
Language: English