Author, Mary Woodbury
- Part I. Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World, with translator Fábio Fernandes
- Part II. Wide as the Wind, with Edward Stanton
- Part III. The Story Collector, with Evie Gaughan
- Part IV. Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change, with publisher Renato Redentor Constantino
- Part V. The Green Gold of Borneo, with Emin Madi
- Part VI. “Little Red Drops,” from Lost Objects with Marian Womack
- Part VII. The Butterfly Effect, with Rajat Chaudhuri
- Part VIII. Lamentations of Zeno, with Ilija Trojanow
- Part IX. Red Wolf, Paint, and Hawk, with Jennifer Dance
- Part X. Compass Rose, with Anna Burke
- Part XI. Exploring crime novels in South Africa, with Deon Meyer
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In light of world literature/global fiction, I began a new series (in March 2018) on eco-themed world fiction. I’ve been enjoying Adam Kirsch’s The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century. The Columbia Global Reports says of the book:
Acclaimed literary critic Adam Kirsch examines some of our most beloved writers, including Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Roberto Bolaño, and Margaret Atwood, to better understand literature in the age of globalization. The global novel, he finds, is not so much a genre as a way of imagining the world, one that allows the novel to address both urgent contemporary concerns—climate change, genetic engineering, and immigration—along with timeless themes, such as morality, society, and human relationships. Whether its stories take place on the scale of the species or the small town, the global novel situates its characters against the widest background of the imagination. The way we live now demands nothing less than the global perspective our best novelists have to offer.
In research, I often come across events around the world that deal with eco-literature–such as India’s eco-fiction book fair in 2017, France’s Ecofiction Festival, the Portuguese Solarpunk Anthology by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro–and so many more. Whereas I have had a monthly spotlight of authors who tackle climate change in their novels, I have also featured novels in the database that are set in, or written by, authors from around the world. Examples include stories from Finland, Taiwan, Philippines, Ireland, Australia, France, England, India, Japan, China, Spain, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Sudan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, New Zealand–every continent is found in the database. Still, the majority of novels discussed in modern media seem to be set in North America or Europe, and not enough media attention has been placed on the global novel in the sense of world eco-literature. I want to change this.
In the mindset of this idea, at the start of January 2018, I added a translate button, hoping to expand readership and raise aware of climate change and other environmental issues in fiction, particularly in written works (though there is also a small film database at the main site).
In his book, Kirsch states:
The global novel exists, not as a genre separated from and opposed to other kinds of fiction, but as a perspective that governs the interpretation of experience. In this way, it is faithful to the way the global is actually lived–not through the abolition of place, but as a theme by which place is mediated. Life lived here is experienced in its profound and often unsettling connections with life lived elsewhere, and everywhere. The local gains dignity, and significance, insofar as it can be seen as a part of a worldwide phenomenon.