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Curto, Gemma. "Floods in contemporary biocentric graphic novels." Green Letters 24. (2020): 6–22. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/14688417.2020.1752508
BibTeX citation key: Curto2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Here", "Map of Days", Ecology, Hunter. Robert, McGuire. Richard, USA
Creators: Curto
Collection: Green Letters
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This essay examines representations of floods in contemporary graphic novels that follow 1960s and 1970s’ popular stories’ fascination with the end of days, when climate change awareness was starting to hit the popular consciousness. I demonstrate that Robert Hunter’s Map of Days (2013) and Richard McGuire’s Here (2014) are paradigmatic updates of climate disaster narratives by introducing ‘biocentric’ choruses of voices that survive floods, as well emphasising Gaia. Catastrophes are caused by non-anthropocentric agents and the narrative form is radically changed. In reflecting on contemporary graphic novels’ responses to floods, my chosen texts point not only towards new biocentric responses to climate change but also raise awareness of the unimportance of human life within this vast cosmic scale.
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