The great derangement : climate change and the unthinkable
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Chicago ; The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
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196 pages ; 23 cm.
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Northwest Reno Library - Adult Nonfiction
809.9336 GHOSH 2016
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Chicago ; The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
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Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction sinceIn an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability—at the level of literature, history, and politics—to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today’s climate events, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. This is particularly true of serious literary fiction: hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too improbable for the novel; they are automatically consigned to other genres. In the writing of history, too, the climate crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications; Ghosh shows that the history of the carbon economy is a tangled global story with many contradictory and counter-intuitive elements. Ghosh ends by suggesting that politics, much like literature, has become a matter of personal moral reckoning rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence—a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. His book serves as a great writer’s challenge to his peers to create works that confront this urgent need before it is too late.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Ghosh, A. (2016). The great derangement: climate change and the unthinkable . The University of Chicago Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Ghosh, Amitav, 1956-. 2016. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. The University of Chicago Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Ghosh, Amitav, 1956-. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

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Ghosh, Amitav. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

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