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'Family Territory' to the 'Circumference of the Earth' : Local and Planetary Memories of Climate Change in Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour. / Lloyd, Christopher; Rapson, Jessica.

In: Textual Practice, Vol. 31, No. 5, 29.07.2017, p. 911-931.

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abstract = "This article argues that Barbara Kinsolver{\textquoteright}s novel Flight Behaviour (2012) responds to the transformations of climate change by charting interactions between local and planetary environments, prompting readers to contextualise the micro – geographically bounded human experience and memory – within the macro context of the Anthropocene. As a long-standing process in the past, present and future, climate change requires epistemological frames attuned to complex scales of time and place which are central to this special issue{\textquoteright}s interest in planetary memory. In accordance with these dynamics, the novel suggests a definition of planetary memory in which remembrance is both human (and global) as well as more-than-human (exceeding the global, moving to the planetary). The novel is also explicitly concerned with imagining (or re-membering) the future as much as the past and present. Echoing the dynamics of the novel itself, the article works from the ground up, beginning with a consideration of the environmental contexts of Tennessee, Appalachia and the South, before moving to a wider sense of the planetary. In all, though rooted in a specific part of the rural South, Kingsolver{\textquoteright}s novel has an imaginative reach beyond its pages and locale.",
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