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From Fantasy to Reality – The Anthropocene, Climate Change, Literary Adaptation

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2016, (60), pp.67-102
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 15, 2016
  • Accepted : January 28, 2016

Doo-ho Shin 1

1강원대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper has three distinct but interrelated purposes. First, it examines how the Anthropocene has emerged and its meaning and discourse have developed both in science and humanities, focusing on three perspectives: anthropogenic results of the current global environmental transformation, a deep time sense of human-nature interrelatedness, and the necessity of human stewardship toward a sustainable planet earth. Second, this paper examines how the Anthropocene and climate change are incorporated to each other, reflecting the dominant usage of the term climate change in the public domain. It argues that global warming is a more appropriate term and concept for anthropogenic climate change in the Anthropocene. Third, this paper critically examines how the non-realistic novel genres such as SF, future fiction, and fantasy, which have been main bodies of literary adoption of the theme of climate change, have adapted this theme. Such fiction has unintentionally discouraged readers from engaging themselves in the current Anthropocene climate change conditions and circumstances and the consequent sense of responsibility.

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