Creating new climate stories: Posthuman collaborative hope and optimism

Rachel Hennessy, Alexander Cothren, Amy Matthews

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This paper considers an evolving project about climate change that will explore using collaborative creative writing strategies to emotionally support and engage writers, primarily focusing on how narratives of hope and optimism might counter affective responses of anxiety, and the resultant solipsistic inertia or surrender. We ask: what role could collaborative fiction play in helping to create positive futures that emotionally strengthen us to manage what may come and what already is? We outline the inspiration and background to our project and begin to theorise justification for applying posthuman approaches to the question of reimagining climate fiction. We review a number of collaborative climate change projects located outside of traditional writing but still drawing on narrative storytelling, and consider how our project – which focuses on genre fictions – might add to the horizon point; one that is not delusional, but also does not lead to dystopian despair.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2022


  • climate fiction
  • collaboration
  • hope
  • posthumanism
  • Climate change


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