Evicted from the Future

∞ “Evicted from the Future” (pdf) – Jennifer Wenzel

Jennifer Wenzel is a scholar of postcolonial studies and environmental and energy humanities, jointly appointed in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University.

The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature will be published by Fordham University Press in December 2019.

What role have literature and other cultural imagining played in shaping understandings of the world and the planet, for better and for worse? How might the formal innovations, rhetorical appeals, and sociological imbrication of world literature help confront unevenly distributed environmental challenges, including global warming? This book examines the rivalry between world literature and postcolonial theory from the perspective of environmental humanities, Anthropocene anxiety, and the material turn.  The book argues for the relevance of the literary to environmental thought and practice: an understanding of cultural imagining and narrative logics can foster more robust accounts of global inequality, to energize movements for justice and livable futures.