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Taking Lessons from Silent Spring: Using Environmental Literature for Climate Change

Department of Language and Literature, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363, USA
Academic Editor: Lauri Scheyer
Literature 2021, 1(1), 2-13; https://doi.org/10.3390/literature1010002
Received: 6 May 2021 / Revised: 12 July 2021 / Accepted: 20 July 2021 / Published: 29 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Literature, Climate Crises, and Pandemics)
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) created a new genre termed “science nonfiction literature.” This genre blended environmental science and narrative while ushering in a new era of awareness and interest for both. With the contemporary climate crisis becoming more dire, this article returns to Carson’s work for insight into ways to engage deniers of climate change and methods to propel action. Further, it investigates and evaluates the writing within Silent Spring by considering its past in our present. Using the corporate reception of Carson’s book as reference, this article also examines ways climate change opponents create misunderstandings and inappropriately deceive and misdirect the public. Through this analysis, connections are made that connect literature, science, and public engagement, which can engender a broader, more comprehensive awareness of the importance of environmental literature as a medium for climate awareness progress. View Full-Text
Keywords: Rachel Carson; Silent Spring; science; nonfiction; narrative; environment; climate change Rachel Carson; Silent Spring; science; nonfiction; narrative; environment; climate change
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Meyer, C.A. Taking Lessons from Silent Spring: Using Environmental Literature for Climate Change. Literature 2021, 1, 2-13. https://doi.org/10.3390/literature1010002

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Meyer CA. Taking Lessons from Silent Spring: Using Environmental Literature for Climate Change. Literature. 2021; 1(1):2-13. https://doi.org/10.3390/literature1010002

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Meyer, Craig A. 2021. "Taking Lessons from Silent Spring: Using Environmental Literature for Climate Change" Literature 1, no. 1: 2-13. https://doi.org/10.3390/literature1010002

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