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Climate Lyricism: Author Min Hyoung Song in Conversation with Rochelle L. Johnson

September 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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In Climate Lyricism, Min Hyoung Song articulates a climate change-centered reading practice that foregrounds how climate is present in most literature. Song shows how literature, poetry, and essays by Tommy Pico, Solmaz Sharif, Frank O’Hara, Ilya Kaminsky, Claudia Rankine, Kazuo Ishiguro, Teju Cole, Richard Powers, and others, and others help us to better grapple with our everyday encounters with climate change and its disastrous effects, which are inextricably linked to the legacies of racism, colonialism, and extraction.

In this talk, Song shares his own writing practice, and observations about literature as a powerful tool for change. He also dives deeper into his concept of climate lyricism—a mode of address in which a first-person “I” speaks to a “you” about how climate change thoroughly shapes daily life. This lyricism and its relationship between “I” and “you,” Song contends, affects the ways readers comprehend the world, fostering a model of shared agency from which it can become possible to collectively and urgently respond to the catastrophe of our rapidly changing climate. In this way, climate lyricism helps to ameliorate the sense of being overwhelmed and feeling unable to do anything to combat climate change.

Song will be joined in conversation by Rochelle L. Johnson, President of the Thoreau Society and Chair of Environmental Studies at the College of Idaho.

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September 8, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Thoreau Farm
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