Themes in Literature: Literature of Global Warming

English 1160
This Mess We've Made: The Literature of Global Warming
Section 1
Andrew Amidei

Global warming poses an existential threat to the global community, but how did we find ourselves in this mess? In this class we will examine literature that addresses the relationship between humans and the Earth, and we will explore the potential literature has for helping us understand and confront the crisis we have created. Our readings will include novels like The Purchase of the North PoleOil on Water, and A Visit from the Goon Squad as well as contemporary short climate fiction. We will supplement our fiction and poetry with short works of criticism aimed at helping us better understand the causes and implications of the Anthropocene.