About Time! : The Abyss of the Future and End(s) of Subjectivity in (Climate) Dystopias

Bettini, Giovanni (2019) About Time! : The Abyss of the Future and End(s) of Subjectivity in (Climate) Dystopias. e-cadernos CES, 32. pp. 103-126. ISSN 1647-0737

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As the climate emergency becomes tangible, its intractability within current paradigms suggests the need to envision and enact new “worlds” and forms of subjectivity. This has proven difficult, also in popular culture. In literature and film, dystopia and catastrophe are a frequent resort to narrate a post-climate crisis world. Building on scholarship critical of this tendency, the article zooms in on two dystopian novels, The Water Knife (Bacigalupi, 2015) and La galassia dei dementi (Cavazzoni, 2018), and contrasts the subjective positions these two “nightmares” project onto a future disaster – based on a melancholic mourning of loss, and on a shared condition of lack, respectively. The article argues that, while the former risks resuscitating established ways of “being human” – part of the crises that climate change symptomatizes –, the latter can facilitate imagining new and more just socio-ecological constellations.

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e-cadernos CES
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