Lesung und Gespräch: "Envisioning Climate Futures" mit Prof. Alexa Weik von Mossner
July 3, 2023, 02:15 p.m.
S91, GW I
Over the last two decades, fictional texts have increasingly engaged the issue of a future dramatically transformed by human-made climate change. One of the most recent speculative fiction novels that imagine a New York City affected by the devastating consequences of climate change is Alexa Weik von Mossner’s Fragile (2023). Set in 2057, the novel tells the stories of a group of New Yorkers, both human and nonhuman, that try to navigate, and make more resilient, a city on the brink of collapse.
After working for several years in the film and television industry, Alexa Weik von Mossner earned her PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Her publications cover a wide variety of issues and media. She has, above all, explored environmental literature and culture from a cognitive perspective with a particular focus on affect and emotion. More recently she has returned to creative writing, publishing several short stories and Fragile. In this book talk, she will read from her novel and then respond to questions from the audience.