Cli-Fi in American Studies: A Research Bibliography

1That cli-fi has transitioned from a subcultural colloquialism circulating around the blogosphere into both a cultural buzzword and staple academic term alike can be seen, to name but a few examples from a long list, by its recent addition to the Oxford Dictionaries, its appearance in numerous academic conferences and publications, the emergence of the first how-to manuals such as Ellen B. Szabo’s Saving the World One Word at a Time: Writing Cli-Fi (2015), the establishment of Amy Brady’s monthly column, “Burning Worlds,” examining cli-fi in the Chicago Review of Books, and the increasing inclusion of cli-fi as a label in award classifications and marketing endeavors.

2Despite the wealth of cli-fi primary texts across all media, there has not yet been a comprehensive compilation of secondary sources facilitating the engagement with cli-fi in the environmental humanities. Our research bibliography aims to close this gap by providing an extensive, albeit necessarily fragmented and incomplete, pool of resources for scholars, educators, and the interested members of the public. This list extends from journalistic considerations of cli-fi texts and of the term itself to academic scholarship theorizing the generic and disciplinary implications of cli-fi for research and teaching, capturing the heterogeneity, productivity, and heteroglossia in the field. It is meant to provide a stepping stone into cli-fi’s diverse, at times hotly debated, conceptual trajectories, disciplinary appropriations, and ideological underpinnings. Up to now, there is no general agreement on how cli-fi is defined, and the same pertains to its conceptual frameworks, methodological approaches, and theories. Variously understood as merely an abbreviation for climate fiction, its own standalone literary and/or cultural genre, a subfield of science fiction, or a comprehensive concept for assessing the cultural production in the Anthropocene (to name but very few of the many current designations), cli-fi thus provides a momentum, instigating the (re)visitation of fundamental disciplinary questions—some of them novel, some of them long-established and intimately familiar, as we and our contributors discuss at greater length in regard to American Studies elsewhere (see Leikam and Leyda).

3As one of the most prolific generators, disseminators, and adaptors of literary and cultural texts, North America participates at the forefront in the recent spate of cli-fi. Even more importantly for American Studies, as one of the key fossil-fuel consumers with global political influence, North America, particularly the United States, features prominently in cli-fi narratives. To date, the Trump administration’s decidedly anti-environmentalist agenda, especially its stated intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, is further fueling the production of cli-fi and intensifying the scholarly and public attention paid to these texts. The next few years will certainly provide scholars and students in American Studies and related disciplines with rich ground for new research and classroom debate, calling for an even more rigorous scrutiny of the multiple contact points and interlockings between cli-fi and American Studies. As more scholars take up the topic in their work and as greater numbers of students enroll in courses centering on climate change, it is our intent to aid these endeavors in academic research, pedagogy, and outreach projects through the compilation of this secondary source bibliography of cli-fi.


This bibliography complements Susanne Leikam and Julia Leyda, eds. “‘What’s in a Name?’: Cli-Fi and American Studies.” Extended forum of Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.1 (2017): 109–38.

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Ahuja, Neel. “Intimate Atmospheres: Queer Theory in a Time of Extinctions.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 21.2–3 (2015): 365–85. Print.  

Alaimo, Stacy. Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2010. Print.

Anderson, Alison. Media, Culture, and the Environment. London: Routledge, 1997. Print.

Arnold, Gordon B. Projecting the End of the American Dream: Hollywood’s Visions of U.S. Decline. Oxford: Praeger, 2013. Print.

Atwood, Margaret. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination. New York: Doubleday, 2011. Print.

—. “It’s Not Climate Change: It’s Everything Change.” Matter 27 July 2015. Web.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Foreword. Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction. Ed. John Joseph Adams. New York: Saga, 2015. xiii–xvii. Print.

Bales, Kevin. Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World. New York: Random, 2016. Print.

Barrett, Ross, and Daniel Worden, eds. Oil Culture. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2014. Print.

Baucom, Ian. “‘Moving Centers’: Climate Change, Critical Method, and the Historical Novel.” Modern Language Quarterly 76.2 (2015): 137–57. Print.

Beck, Ulrich. World at Risk. 2007. Trans. Ciaran Cronin. Cambridge: Polity, 2009. Print.

Bergthaller, Hannes. “On the Margins of Ecocriticism: A European Perspective.” Literatur und Ökologie: Neue literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Ed. Claudia Schmitt and Christiane Solte-Gresser. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2017. 55–64. Print.

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—. “To Fight Climate Change, We Need Better Movies.” Outtake 29 July 2015. Web.

Bonneuil, Christophe, and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz. The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History, and Us. London: Verso, 2016. Print.

Boykoff, Maxwell T. “Lost in Translation: United States Television News Coverage of Anthropogenic Climate Change, 1995–2004.” Climatic Change 86 (2008): 1–11. Print.

Bradley, James. “The End of Nature and Post-Naturalism: Fiction and the Anthropocene.” Blog post. City of Tongues 30 Dec. 2015. Web.

Brady, Amy. “Burning Worlds.” Monthly column. Chicago Review of Books Feb. 2017. Web.

Brauch, Hans Günther. Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security. Berlin: Springer, 2011. Print.

Brereton, Pat. Environmental Ethics and Film. New York: Routledge, 2015. Print.

—. Hollywood Utopia: Ecology in Contemporary American Cinema. London: Intellect, 2004. Print.

Bulfin, Ailise. “Popular Culture and the ‘New Human Condition’: Catastrophe Narratives and Climate Change.” Global and Planetary Change 2017. Web.

Button, Gregory. Disaster Culture: Knowledge and Uncertainty in the Wake of Human and Environmental Catastrophe. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast P, 2010. Print.

—. Everyday Disasters: Rethinking Iconic Events in Cultural Perspective. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast P, 2014. Print.

Canavan, Gerry, and Kim Stanley Robinson, eds. Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2014. Print.

Carruth, Allison, and Robert P. Marzec. “Environmental Visualization in the Anthropocene: Technologies, Aesthetics, Ethics.” Public Culture 26.2 (2014): 205–11. Print.

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Critical Inquiry 35.2 (2009): 197–222. Print.

—. “Postcolonial Studies and the Challenge of Climate Change.” New Literary History 43.1 (2012): 1–18. Print.

Clark, Timothy. Ecocriticism on the Edge: The Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Print.

Clarke, Michael Tavel, Faye Halpern, and Timothy Clark. “Climate Change, Scale, and Literary Criticism: A Conversation.” Ariel 46.3 (2015): 1–22. Print.

Cohen, Tom, ed. Telemorphosis: Theory in the Era of Climate Change. Vol. 1. Ann Arbor, MI: Open Humanities P, 2012. Web.  

Cubitt, Sean. EcoMedia. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005. Print.

—. “Ecomedia Futures.” International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 10.2 (2014): 163–70. Print.

Cullen, Heidi. “Personal Stories about Global Warming Change Minds.” Room for Debate Blog. New York Times 30 July 2014. Web.

Cumming, Torr, and Anne Gjelsvik. “Icebreakers: Visionary Men and the Visualization of Climate Change.” Ekfrase: Nordic Journal for Visual Culture 6.1–2 (2016): 21–37. Web.

Danielewitz, Christian, and Peter Ole Pedersen. “Documenting the Invisible.” Ekfrase: Nordic Journal for Visual Culture 6.1–2 (2016): 10–20. Web.

Dixon, Wheeler Winston. Visions of the Apocalypse: Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema. London: Wallflower, 2003. Print.

Dwyer, Jim. Where the Wild Books Are: A Field Guide to Ecofiction. Reno: U of Nevada P, 2010. Print.

Emmett, Robert, and Frank Zelko, eds. “Minding the Gap: Working across Disciplines in Environmental Studies.” Spec. issue of RCC Perspectives (2014). Web.

Ereaut, Gill, and Nat Segnit. “Warm Words: How Are We Telling the Climate Story and Can We Tell It Better?” Institute for Public Policy Research 3 Aug. 2006. Web.

Evancie, Angela. “So Hot Right Now: Has Climate Change Created a New Literary Genre?” NPR Books 20 Apr. 2013. Web.

Farnsworth, Stephen, and S. Robert Lichter. “Scientific Assessments of Climate Change Information in News and Entertainment Media.” Science Communication 34.4 (2012): 435–59. Print.

Fernandes, Rio. “A Subfield Changes the Landscape of Literary Studies.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 1 Apr. 2016: A18(2). Print.

Finn, Ed. “Imagining Climate: How Science Fiction Holds up a Mirror to Our Future.” Matter 27 July 2015. Web.

Fleming, James Rodger. Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control. New York: Columbia UP, 2010. Print.

Flynn, Adam. “Solarpunk: Notes Toward a Manifesto.” Hieroglyph 4 Sept. 2014. Web.

Forrest, Bethan. “Cli-Fi: Climate Change Fiction as Literature’s New Frontier?” Huffington Post 23 July 2015. Web.

Gaard, Greta. “From Cli-Fi to Critical Ecofeminism: Narratives of Climate Change and Climate Justice.” Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism. Ed. Mary Phillips and Nick Rumens. New York: Routledge, 2015. 169–92. Print.

Gerhardt, Christine. “Beyond Climate Refugees: Nature, Risk and Migration in American Poetry.” Mayer and Weik von Mossner, The Anticipation of Catastrophe 139–59. Print.

—, and Christa Grewe-Volpp, eds. “Environmental Imaginaries on the Move: Nature and Mobility in American Literature and Culture.” Spec. issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies 61.4 (2016). Print.

Gerrard, Greg, ed. Teaching Ecocriticsm and Green Cultural Studies. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012. Print.

Ghosh, Amitav. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2016. Print.

Glass, Rodge. “Global Warning: The Rise of ‘Cli-Fi.’” Guardian 31 May 2013. Web.

Goodbody, Axel. “Risk, Denial and Narrative Form in Climate Change Fiction: Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and Ilija Trojanow’s Melting Ice.” Mayer and Weik von Mossner, The Anticipation of Catastrophe 59-58. Print.

Grusin, Richard, ed. The Nonhuman Turn. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2015. Print.

Heise, Ursula K. “Plasmatic Nature: Environmentalism and Animated Film.” Public Culture 26.2 (2014): 301–18. Print.

—. Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. Print.

—. “Terraforming for Urbanists.” Land and the Novel. Spec. issue of Novel: A Forum for Fiction 49.1 (2016): 10–25. Print.

Heer, Jeet. “Farewell to Dystopian Lit, Here Come the New Utopians.” New Republic 10 Nov. 2015. Web.

Hitchcock, Peter. “Oil in an American Imaginary.” New Formations 69 (2010): 81–97. Print.

Holthaus, Eric. “Hollywood is Finally Taking on Climate Change: It Should Go Even Further.” Slate 9 Aug. 2016. Web.

Houser, Heather. “The Aesthetics of Environmental Visualizations: More Than Information Ecstasy?” Public Culture 26.2 (2014): 319–37. Print.

Howell, Ted. “On Teaching Cli-Fi (and a Call for Utopian Cli-Fi).” Medium 28 July 2015. Web.

Huber, Matthew. Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2013. Print.

Huggan, Graham. Nature’s Saviors: Celebrity Conservationists in the Television Age. London: Routledge, 2013. Print.

Ingram, David. Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema. Exeter: U of Exeter P, 2000. Print.

Ivakhiv, Ivan. Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier UP, 2014. Print.

Johns-Putra, Adeline. “Care, Gender, and the Climate-Changed Future: Maggie Gee’s The Ice People.” Canavan, Gerry, and Kim Stanley Robinson, eds. Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2014. Print.

—. “Climate Change in Literature and Literary Studies: From Cli-Fi, Climate Change Theater, and Ecopoetry to Ecocriticism and Climate Change Criticism.” WIREs Climate Change 20 Jan. 2016. Web.

—. “Ecocriticism, Genre, and Climate Change: Reading the Utopian Vision of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital Trilogy.” English Studies 91.7 (2010): 744–60. Print.

—. “Historicizing the Networks of Ecology and Culture: Eleanor Anne Porden and Nineteenth-Century Climate Change.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2015): 1–20. Print.

—. “How ‘Cli-Fi’ Novels Humanize the Science of Climate Change.” New Statesman 28 Nov. 2015. Web.

—. “‘My Job is to Take Care of You’: Climate Change and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” Modern Fiction Studies 62.3 (2016): 519–40. Print.

Kainulainen, Maggie. “Saying Climate Change: Ethics of the Sublime and the Problem of Representation.” Symplokē 21.1–2 (2013): 109–23. Web.

Kaplan, E. Ann. Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2016. Print.

Kara, Selmin. “Anthropocenema: Cinema in the Age of Mass Extinctions.” Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film. Ed. Shane Denson and Julia Leyda. Falmer: Reframe, 2016. E-book.

Klein, Naomi. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. New York: Knopf, 2007. Print.

—. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. New York: Penguin, 2014. Print.

Kollmorgen, Sarah. “Why are Climate Change Docs So Boring?” New Republic  22 Apr. 2015. Web.

Lakoff, Andrew. Disaster and the Politics of Intervention. New York: Columbia UP, 2010. Print.

LeMenager, Stephanie. Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century. New York: Oxford UP, 2014. Print.

Leikam, Susanne, and Julia Leyda, eds. “‘What’s in a Name?’: Cli-Fi and American Studies.” Extended forum of Amerikastudien/American Studies 62.1 (2017): 109–38. Print.

Lennard, Natasha. “Against a Dream Deferred.” New Inquiry 2 Feb. 2012. Web.

Lester, Libby. Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News. Cambridge: Polity, 2010. Print.

Leyda, Julia, Kathleen Loock, Alexander Starre, Thiago Pinto Barbosa, and Manuel Rivera. “The Dystopian Impulse of Contemporary Cli-Fi: Lessons and Questions from a Joint Workshop of the IASS and the JFKI (FU Berlin).” Working Paper of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam (Dec. 2016). Web and Print.

Leyda, Julia, and Diane Negra, eds. Extreme Weather and Global Media. New York: Routledge, 2014. Print.

Leyda, Julia. “Enough Said? Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sharknado, and Extreme Weather.” Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture 26 July 2013. Web.

Lowe, Thomas D. “Is This Climate Porn? How Does Climate Change Communication Affect Our Perceptions and Behavior?” Working Paper 98, U of East Anglia Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2006). Web.

Macfarlane, Robert. “The Burning Question.” Guardian 23 Sept. 2005. Web.

Marshall, George. “Climate Fiction Will Reinforce Existing Views.” Room for Debate Blog. New York Times 29 July 2014. Web.

—. Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. Print.

Maslin, Mark. Climate: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. Print.

Maxwell, Richard, Jon Raundalen, and Nina Lager Vestberg, eds. Media and the Ecological Crisis. London: Routledge, 2014. Print.

Mauch, Christoph, and Sylvia Mayer, eds. American Environments: Climate, Cultures, Catastrophe. Heidelberg: Winter, 2012. Print.

Mayer, Sylvia. “Explorations of the Controversially Real: Risk, the Climate Change Novel, and the Narrative of Anticipation.” Mayer and Weik von Mossner, The Anticipation of Catastrophe 21–38. Print.

Mayer, Sylvia, and Alexa Weik von Mossner, eds. “The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture—Introduction.” Mayer and Weik von Mossner, The Anticipation of Catastrophe 7–18. Print.

Mayer, Sylvia, and Alexa Weik von Mossner. The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014. Print.

McGraw, Seamus. Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change. Austin: U of Texas P, 2015. Print.

McKibben, Bill. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. New York: Macmillan, 2010. Print.

—. “What the Warming World Needs Now is Art, Sweet Art.” Grist 22 Apr. 2005. Web.

McKim, Kristi. Cinema as Weather: Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change. New York: Routledge, 2013. Print.

Mehnert, Antonia. “Things We Didn’t See Coming—Riskscapes in Climate Change Fiction.” Mayer and Weik von Mossner, The Anticipation of Catastrophe 59–78. Print.

Milkoreit, Manjana. “The Promise of Climate Fiction: Imagination, Storytelling, and the Politics of the Future.” Reimagining Climate Change. Ed. Paul Wapner and Hilal Elver. London: Routledge, 2016. 171–91. Print.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Visualizing the Anthropocene.” Public Culture 26.2 (2014): 213–32. Print.

Mitchell, Timothy. Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil. London: Verso, 2011. Print.

Moore, Jason W. Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital. London: Verso, 2015. Print.

—. “The Capitalocene, Part I: On the Nature and Origins of Our Ecological Crisis.” Journal of Peasant Studies 44.3 (2017): 594–630. Web.

Morton, Timothy. Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence. New York: Columbia UP, 2016. Print.

—. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2013. Print.

Murphy, Patrick D. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2009. Print.

—. “Pessimism, Optimism, Human Inertia, and Anthropogenic Climate Change.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 21.1 (2014): 149–63. Print.

Murray, Robin L. Monstrous Nature: Environment and Horror on the Big Screen. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016. Print.

Murray, Robin L., and Joseph K. Heumann. Ecology and Popular Film: Cinema on the Edge. Albany: State U of New York P, 2009. Print.

—. Film and Everyday Eco-Disasters. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2014. Print.

Narine, Anil, ed. Eco-Trauma Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2014. Print.

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Nixon, Rob. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2011. Print.

Norgaard, Kari. Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life. Cambridge, MA: MIT P, 2011. Print.

Ó Heigeartaigh, Seán. “Hollywood Global Warming Dramas Can Be Misleading.” Room for Debate Blog. New York Times 4 Aug. 2014. Web.

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Oreskes, Naomi, and Erik M. Conway. The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. New York: Columbia UP, 2014. Print.

Otto, Eric. Green Speculations: Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2012. Print.

Parham, John. Green Media and Popular Culture: An Introduction. London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016. Print.

Parikka, Jussi. The Anthrobscene. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2015. Print.

Parenti, Christian. Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. New York: Nation Books, 2011. Print.

Parr, Adrian. The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics. New York: Columbia UP, 2012. Print.

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Purdy, Jedediah. After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. Durham: Duke UP, 2015. Print.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. “There Is No Planet B: We’re Not Colonizing the Milky Way Any Time Soon.” 17 Jan. 2016. Web.

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Seymour, Nicole. Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2013. Print.

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—. “Interstellar: Looking for the Future in All the Wrong Spaces.” Yale Climate Connections 12 Nov. 2014. Web.

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Weik von Mossner, Alexa. Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier UP, 2014. Print.

Whiteley, Andrea, Angie Chiang, and Edna Einsiedel. “Climate Change Imaginaries? Examining Expectation Narratives in Cli-Fi Novels.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 36.1 (2016): 28–37. Print.

“Will Fiction Influence How We React to Climate Change?” Room for Debate Blog. New York Times  29 July 2015. Web.

Worden, Daniel. “Fossil-Fuel Futurity: Oil in Giant.” Journal of American Studies 46 (2012): 441–60. Print.

Yaeger, Patricia. “Editor’s Column: Literature in the Ages of Wood, Tallow, Coal, Whale Oil, Gasoline, Atomic Power, and Other Energy Sources.” PMLA 126.2 (2011): 305–10. Print.

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Susanne Leikam is assistant professor of American Studies in the American Studies Department at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She currently conducts research in the fields of visual culture studies, disaster studies, environmental justice studies, and ecocriticism. Publications include her Ph.D. dissertation Framing Spaces in Motion: Tracing Visualizations of Earthquakes into Twentieth-Century San Francisco (2015) and the special issue of Amerikastudien/American Studies titled Iconographies of the Calamitous in American Visual Culture (2013). Her most recent article is “Extreme Weather and Masculinity/ies in Contemporary American Popular Cultures” (Rachel Carson Center Perspectives 2017). 

Julia Leyda is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the Faculty of Art and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and Senior Research Fellow at the Graduate School for North American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is the author of American Mobilities: Class, Race, and Gender in US Culture (2016). Julia Leyda has edited or co-edited several books, including Todd Haynes: Interviews (2014) and Extreme Weather and Global Media (with Diane Negra, 2015). Her current book projects center on the financialization of domestic space in 21st-century US screen culture and climate change narratives in fiction, film, and television.

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Leikam, Susanne, and Julia Leyda. “Cli-Fi in American Studies: A Research Bibliography.” American Studies Journal 62 (2017). Web. 19 Jul. 2024. DOI 10.18422/62-08.


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