John Sitter

Literary scholar and sustainability advocate
John Sitter


Art Imitating Life: How Climate Fiction Addresses Climate Change

Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

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John Sitter is professor emeritus of literature at both Notre Dame and Emory, where he now teaches occasional courses in environmental literature and sustainability studies. His interest in nature goes back to growing up in an Appalachian town on the Maryland-West Virginia border. It found literary and philosophical development at Harvard and the University of Minnesota, and has taken  a more ecological turn in recent decades through his teaching of interdisciplinary courses in sustainability studies.

His several books include Literary Loneliness in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England, awarded the major prize in its field, and he recently won Notre Dame's major undergraduate teaching award. In addition to 18th-century literature and 21st-century ecofiction, his interests include satire and poetry from Shakespeare to the present.