Climate Lyricism

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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.54 inches | 0.77 pounds

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About the Author
Min Hyoung Song is Professor of English at Boston College and author of The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American and Strange Future: Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, both also published by Duke University Press.
"Min Hyoung Song presents a thrilling and powerfully argued case for literature and poetry as a means of cultivating sustained attention to climate change in this tumultuous time. Using an innovative framework to draw forth the complex and multifaceted ways climate change becomes apprehensible, Climate Lyricism will undoubtedly make a significant impact on conversations in ecocriticism, contemporary literary studies, and studies of climate change."--Margaret Ronda, author of "Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End"
"Coining climate lyricism, Min Hyoung Song recuperates collective agency as a mingling of attention, perception, and responsiveness. He doesn't skirt the despair of climate catastrophe but, rather, reckons with it to find reasons to continue. The book follows its own lyrical flow as it integrates personal reflections from pandemic lockdown with readings of literary texts informed by ecocriticism and critical race theory. Song shows that questions of racist exclusion and harm are never far from questions of environmental thriving, just as the struggles of climate crisis are never far away even when they are not explicit on the page."--Heather Houser, author of "Infowhelm: Environmental Art and Literature in an Age of Data"
"Song poses a fascinating question: how do poems and works of fiction that do not appear to be about climate change--particularly those more explicitly engaged with race--show traces of the ongoing ecological crisis? Song's sources are contemporary and well chosen. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty."-- "Choice" (11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Song's engagement with writers of color throughout Climate Lyricism offers an important, compelling, and original intervention into both lyric studies and ecocriticism because historically, both of these fields have tended to center white voices and texts."--Heather Milne "ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment" (8/10/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"Climate Lyricism provides valuable insights into how climate change affects different communities and cultures, including Asian Americans. It encourages readers to appreciate nature's beauty and take action against climate change while emphasizing the need for solidarity among different ethnic groups when tackling environmental issues. This book is particularly relevant to Asian Americans as it urges them to play an active role in addressing this global challenge."--Ang Li "Society for US Intellectual History" (7/9/2023 12:00:00 AM)