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Amitav Ghosh on the Politics of Climate Change


A video lecture 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 video lecture, Ghosh discusses the politics of climate change.

Students will understand the importance of political narratives in climate change writing. They will also learn about the parallel evolution of political narratives and rise in carbon emissions. Students will further understand why novelists often find it difficult to integrate politics and climate change in their writing.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the politics of climate change.
  2. What is the role of the biosphere in determining the climate of planet Earth?
  3. How do political movements influence literature?
About Tool
Tool Name The Great Derangement: Literature, History, and Politics in the Age of Global Warming 
Discipline Humanities, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Literature, Political Science, Politics, Climate Politics, Fiction 
Climate Topic Climate and Society 
Type of tool Video (1 hr 15 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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