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Humanities 2018, 7(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7010011

Seeing What’s Right in Front of Us: The Bone Clocks, Climate Change, and Human Attention

Environmental Humanities Program, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 13 December 2017 / Accepted: 18 January 2018 / Published: 26 January 2018
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The scales on which climate change acts make it notoriously difficult to represent in artistic and cultural works. By modeling the encounter with climate as one characterized by distraction, David Mitchell’s novel The Bone Clocks proposes that the difficulty in portraying climate change arises not from displaced effects and protracted timescales but a failure of attention. The book both describes and enacts the way more traditionally dramatic stories distract from climate connections right in front of our eyes, revealing, in the end, that the real story was climate all along. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; clifi; digital humanities; literature and the environment climate change; clifi; digital humanities; literature and the environment
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