Abstract

Circulating between Rabelais’s frozen words, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault project, Lyotard’s meditation on the death of the sun, frozen embryos bans, and the bioethics of human engineering, this article examines what it means to read and to cultivate an expertise in reading as climate change makes itself present to literary criticism. It is less a plea to make literary criticism policy relevant, and more a memorandum of understanding for what the governance of the future invests in the cultivation of difference in logics of inquiry, and for the moral and social sanction attached to the description of emergent orders of difference.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6539
Print ISSN
0300-7162
Pages
pp. 60-79
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-17
Open Access
No
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