Climate Change Cinema


Over the years, I have maintained a constant interest in how filmmakers seek to translate the complex phenomenon of climate change to the screen as well as in the ethical and affective dimensions of such translations in fictional and documentary film. Below is a list of my related publications.

Associated publications

In preparation:

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. “Climate on Screen.” In preparation for The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate, edited by Adeline Johns-Putra and Kelly Sultzbach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. “Popularizing Climate Change: Cli-Fi Film and Narrative Impact.” In preparation for The Research Handbook in Communicating Climate Change, edited by Roman Bartosch, David Holmes und Lucy Richardson. ‎Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. “Feeling Bad? Veganism, Climate Change, and the Rhetoric of Cowspiracy.” In preparation for Veg(etari)an Arguments in Culture, History, and Practice: The V Word, edited by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Published and forthcoming:

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. Forthcoming. “Climate Change and the Dark Side of Translating Science into Popular Culture.” In The Dark Side of Translation, edited by Federico Italiano, Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2018. “Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow.” In Cli-Fi: A Companion, edited by Axel Goodbody and Adeline Johns-Putra. Bern and New York: Peter Lang

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2018. “Franny Armstrong’S The Age of Stupid.” In Cli-Fi: A Companion, edited by Axel Goodbody and Adeline Johns-Putra. Bern and New York: Peter Lang.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion and Environmental Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State University Press. (in particular chapter 5: “Troubling Futures: Climate Risk and the Emotional Power of Dystopia”).

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. “Touching the Senses: Environments and Technologies at the Movies.” In The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, edited by Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen and Michelle Niemann, 337-345. New York: Routledge

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2015. “Small Islands in Documentary Film.” Special Issue Small Islands and Natural Hazards, edited by Uwe Lübken and Rebecca Hofmann. Global Environment 8(2): 178-195

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2015. “Slow Violence on the Beach: Documenting Disappearance in There Once Was an Island.” In The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space, edited by Virginia Richter and Ursula Kluwick, 175-191. London: Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Disasters Foretold: Imaging Climate Catastrophe in Six Degrees Could Change the World.” In Disaster as Image: Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia, edited by Monica Juneja and Gerrit Jasper Schenk, 157-64. Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013. “Troubling Spaces: Ecological Risk, Narrative Framing, and Emotional Engagement in Franny Armstrong’s The Age of Stupid.” Ecology and Emotion, edited by Mick Smith. Special Issue of Emotion, Space and Society 6 (1): 108-116.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “Facing The Day After Tomorrow: Filmed Disaster, Emotional Engagement, and Climate Risk Perception.” In American Environments: Climate–Cultures–Catastrophe, edited by Christof Mauch and Sylvia Mayer, 97-115. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “The Human Face of Global Warming: Varieties of Eco-Cosmopolitanism in Climate Change Documentaries.” In Ecocriticism in English Studies, edited by Carmen Flys Junquera and Juan Ignacio Oliva. Special Issue of Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 64: 145-160.