Titlebar

Export bibliographic data
Literature by the same author
plus on the publication server
plus at Google Scholar

 

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

Title data

Mayer, Sylvia:
Science in the World Risk Society : Risk, the Novel, and Global Climate Change.
In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Vol. 64 (June 2016) Issue 2 . - pp. 207-221.
ISSN 2196-4726
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa-2016-0019

Project information

Project title:
Project's official titleProject's id
Contemporary American Risk FictionNo information

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

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.

Further data

Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair American Studies / Intercultural Anglophone Studies > Chair American Studies / Intercultural Anglophone Studies - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Institute for American Studies - BIFAS
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair American Studies / Intercultural Anglophone Studies
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric, criticism
800 Literature > 810 American literature in English
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 08:31
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 08:31
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/34238