Contemporary Studies Network roundtable: responding to Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Generation Anthropocene’

Sykes, R., Keeble, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-6072-8800, Cordle, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-5115-9666, Scott, J., De Cristofaro, D., King, D., Rowcroft, A. and Srivastava, N., 2017. Contemporary Studies Network roundtable: responding to Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Generation Anthropocene’. Open Library of Humanities, 3 (1), pp. 1-47. ISSN 2056-6700

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In April 2016, The Guardian published ‘Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet forever’ by the celebrated academic and nature writer Robert Macfarlane. Reflecting on the article’s importance as a critical experiment and, perhaps, a vital form of public engagement, Contemporary Studies Network (CSN) asked six of its members, working across very different areas of literary and cultural studies, to respond to and extend Macfarlane’s article, mapping the different ways in which literary scholars might approach the age of the Anthropocene. Conducted via email, this roundtable conversation asks to what extent the Anthropocene marks a new era in literary criticism, how exactly it extends pre-existing strands of ecocriticism and trauma studies, and what the global scope of the term might be beyond the confines of the Western literary canon. Discussion ranges from issues of temporality to genre and form and it also addresses Macfarlane’s rhetoric, his call to arms for those working in the humanities, for a more comprehensive investigation in to the roles of literature and art in responding to and representing what may become a new epoch.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Open Library of Humanities
Creators: Sykes, R., Keeble, A., Cordle, D., Scott, J., De Cristofaro, D., King, D., Rowcroft, A. and Srivastava, N.
Publisher: Open Library of Humanities
Date: 2017
Volume: 3
Number: 1
ISSN: 2056-6700
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 07 Mar 2017 15:01
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 10:41

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