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Science in the World Risk Society : Risk, the Novel, and Global Climate Change

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Mayer, Sylvia:
Science in the World Risk Society : Risk, the Novel, and Global Climate Change.
In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Bd. 64 (Juni 2016) Heft 2 . - S. 207-221.
ISSN 2196-4726
DOI: 10.1515/zaa-2016-0019

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Contemporary American Risk FictionOhne Angabe

Projektfinanzierung: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract

Anthropogenic climate change constitutes one of the major global risks of our time. In spite of widespread scientific consensus, however, climate change discourse is still characterized by controversy. This controversy reflects both a variety of conflicting interests that frame the perception of climate change and a fundamental trend in our age of reflexive modernity: an increased awareness of scientific uncertainty and a loss of trust in scientific authority. It also defines our current cultural moment as paradoxical: societies worldwide are simultaneously characterized by such increased awareness of scientific uncertainty and by reliance on scientific knowledge to a historically unprecedented degree. According to Ulrich Beck, this paradox in part defines what he conceived of as a new manifestation of modern society, the "world risk society." This essay addresses the fictional contribution to the risk discourse of global climate change. After introducing the role of science in the world risk society and the climate change novel as a fictional risk narrative, it discusses how Susan M. Gaines' Carbon Dreams (2001) and Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior (2012) engage with this paradox, how they explore the complex socioeconomic, political, and cultural significance of climate science and the role and experience of climate scientists.

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Publikationsform: Artikel in einer Zeitschrift
Begutachteter Beitrag: Ja
Institutionen der Universität: Fakultäten > Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Lehrstuhl Anglophone Literaturen und Kulturen > Lehrstuhl Anglophone Literaturen und Kulturen - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer
Profilfelder > Emerging Fields > Kulturbegegnungen und Transkulturelle Prozesse
Forschungseinrichtungen > Forschungszentren > Bayreuth Institute for American Studies - BIFAS
Fakultäten
Fakultäten > Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fakultäten > Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Lehrstuhl Anglophone Literaturen und Kulturen
Profilfelder
Profilfelder > Emerging Fields
Forschungseinrichtungen
Forschungseinrichtungen > Forschungszentren
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Ja
Themengebiete aus DDC: 800 Literatur > 800 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft
800 Literatur > 810 Amerikanische Literatur in Englisch
Eingestellt am: 23 Aug 2016 08:31
Letzte Änderung: 23 Aug 2016 08:31
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/34238