Polar bears and evil scientists: Romance, comedy and climate change

Walker, Lisa (2014) Polar bears and evil scientists: Romance, comedy and climate change. The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 3 3: 363-374.

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Author Walker, Lisa
Title Polar bears and evil scientists: Romance, comedy and climate change
Journal name The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
ISSN 2045-5852
2045-5860
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 3
Start page 363
End page 374
Total pages 12
Place of publication Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Climate change has been called the most boring subject the science world has ever had to present. Despite media stunts such as nude lie-ins to draw attention to the issue, recent polls show that the urgency of public opinion in relation to climate change has waned. This article argues that popular culture such as genre fiction can be an important communicative device in responding to climate change. It examines how a climate change theme can be developed in fiction and why romance and, in particular, romantic comedy, may be a suitable genre to make this issue relevant to the reader by connecting a global issue to its local effects. Climate change poses particular challenges to an author. My novel-in-progress, Melt (2013), is used as a case study of how these challenges may be met.
Keyword Climate change
Comedy
Ecocriticism
Fiction
Popular fiction
Romance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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