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Amitav Ghosh on Literary Fiction


Video lectures by Amitav Ghosh, author of ‘The Great Derangement: Fiction, History, and Politics in the Age of Global Warming’ as part of a 4 part lecture series delivered at the University of Chicago’s Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures. In this set of two video lectures, Ghosh discusses the impact of global warming and climate change on fiction. He discusses climate narratives in literary fiction and the lack of climate change narratives in contemporary literature.

Students will understand the importance of climate change narratives in literary fiction. They will also understand the influence of climate change on everyday narratives.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss climate narratives in literary fiction.
  2. Why has the climate crisis been underrepresented in literary fiction?
About Tool
Tool Name The Great Derangement: Literature, History, and Politics in the Age of Global Warming
Discipline Humanities
Topic(s) in Discipline Literature, Fiction, Climate Fiction, Cli-Fi, Contemporary Literature, Literary Analysis
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Two Videos (1 hr 15 min & 1 hr 17 min)
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Amitav Ghosh at the Berlin Family Lectures, The University of Chicago
Hosted at YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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