Review Copy Available: Mark Bould’s The Anthropocene Unconscious (Verso)

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ARB has been offered a review copy of Mark Bould’s The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe in Contemporary Culture (Verso).

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From the publisher:

From Ducks, Newburyport to zombie movies to Fast and Furious, how climate anxiety permeates our culture.

The art and literature of our time is pregnant with catastrophe, with weather and water, wildness and weirdness. The Anthropocene—the term given to this geological epoch in which humans, anthropos, are wreaking havoc on the earth—is to be found bubbling away everywhere in contemporary cultural production. The Anthropocene, Mark Bould argues, constitutes the unconscious of “the art and literature of our time.”

Tracing the outlines of the Anthropocene unconscious in a range of film, television and literature—across a range of genres and with utter disregard for high-low culture distinctions—this playful and riveting book draws out some of the things that are repressed and obscured by the term “the Anthropocene,” including capital, class, imperialism, inequality, alienation, violence, commodification, patriarchy and racial formations. The Anthropocene Unconscious is about a kind of rewriting. It asks: what happens when we stop assuming that the text is not about the anthropogenic biosphere crises engulfing us? What if all the stories we tell are stories about the Anthropocene? About climate change?

About the author:

Mark Bould is a Reader in Film and Literature at UWE Bristol. He is the author of four books of film theory, and has been awarded both the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Lifetime Achievement Award for Critical Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2016) and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award (2019). He has written for Boston ReviewElectric SheepFabrikzeitung, Film InternationalLos Angeles Review of Books, Salvage and Vector.

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