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Greenhouse online environmental humanities book talks series: Climate Lyricism by Min Hyoung Song

Monday 28 November 2022 16:00-17:00,
Zoom.

Min Hyoung Song discusses his book 'Climate Lyricism'

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Bokomslag: Climate Lyricism av Min Hyoung Song

Min Hyoung Song, Professor of English at Boston College (USA), will talk about his book Climate Lyricism (Duke University Press, 2022) in the Greenhouse environmental humanities book talk series on Monday, 28 November 2022, 16:00 in Norway (10am US Eastern).

Zoom link: https://stavanger.zoom.us/j/65410069629?pwd=MG4zY1RYcWgxVHFBWW94cjlaL2hMQT09

In Climate Lyricism Min Hyoung Song articulates a climate change-centered reading practice that foregrounds how climate is present in most literature. Song shows how literature, poetry, and essays by Tommy Pico, Solmaz Sharif, Frank O’Hara, Ilya Kaminsky, Claudia Rankine, Kazuo Ishiguro, Teju Cole, Richard Powers, and others help us to better grapple with our everyday encounters with climate change and its disastrous effects, which are inextricably linked to the legacies of racism, colonialism, and extraction. These works employ what Song calls climate lyricism—a mode of address in which a first-person “I” speaks to a “you” about how climate change thoroughly shapes daily life. The relationship between “I” and “you” in this lyricism, Song contends, affects the ways readers comprehend the world, fostering a model of shared agency from which it can become possible to collectively and urgently respond to the catastrophe of our rapidly changing climate. In this way, climate lyricism helps to ameliorate the sense of being overwhelmed and feeling unable to do anything to combat climate change.