Cultures of Climate Change: Global Island Literature and the Environment


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars




For residence at the Huntington Library during academic year 2013-2014


This project bridges humanistic and scientific approaches to the study of the environment by examining how radical changes in climate have been experienced in global island spaces over history and what their literary and artistic representations suggest about our current ecological crisis. It turns to the literature and history of environmental thought in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands, some of the first regions to experience the devastating impact of climate change, in order to understand what a more global perspective might bring to our current environmental knowledge and mediation of ecological crisis.