Did climate change create a new literary genre? | Angela Evancie

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Genre
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☞ Genres are not immune to being influenced by the external environment. This has always been one of my fundamental beliefs in the study of narrative. But climate change? Could it create a new literary genre?

❝When Superstorm Sandy hit New York City last fall, the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, like most everything else, totally shut down. It was a week before power returned to FSG, according to Brian Gittis, a senior publicist. When he got back to his office, he began sorting through galleys — advance copies of books. And one of them caught him off guard.

Its cover had an illustration of the Manhattan skyline half-submerged in water.

“It was definitely sort of a Twilight Zone moment,” Gittis recalls.

The book was Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich. …❞

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