Forever Silent: Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction
Most scientists and other interested parties agree that we have firmly entered the Anthropocene and literary and cultural scholars have been alongside their colleagues in the sciences studying the fiction produced during, and written about, the Anthropocene. The two decades of the 21st Century have seen an explosion of scholarly attention directed toward fiction and the Anthropocene. Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions: The Novel in a Time of Climate Change Pieter Vermeulen’s “‘The Sea, Not the Ocean’: Anthropocene Fiction and the Memory of (Non)human Life,” and Kate Marshall’s “What Are the Novels of the Anthropocene? American Fiction in Geological Time” are just some of the most recent examples of the budding field of Anthropocene Fiction Studies.
Moreover the same stakeholders who have established our place in the Anthropocene also agree that we are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction. Studies published in multiple scientific journals including Nature demonstrate that species extinction has risen between 100 and 1000 fold since 1900 and that human activity is largely responsible for the rapid increase in species loss.
This collection seeks scholarly articles exploring fiction's engagements with, and representations of, human driven extinction. Topics can include accounts of human destruction of animal life, science fiction and speculative fiction accounts of future extinction, or human fears of our own extinction. Broad interpretations of extinction and species loss are encouraged. Pieces that make connections between the closely related fields of Anthropocene Fiction, Ecocriticism, Cli-fi, and Critical Animal Studies are especially welcome.
Send abstracts of 350 words and short bios to the editor: Jonathan Elmore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquires welcome.
Abstracts due January 31st 2018
Full versions of accepted pieces due August 2018.