According to Bill McKibben, David Hanson, and others, the second decade of the 21st century marks the end of the 10,000 year period of stable climate, known as the Holocene, and the beginning of anthropogenic climate instability. How should literary theory and scholarship be used to respond to climate instability? What is the role of the literature scholar and teacher in this new era? How does one practice literary scholarship and environmental activism? What can historical literary scholarship provide? What new theoretical methods interdisciplinary fusions are useful in exploring literary representations of the environment?
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