Climate Change Across Media

CLIMATE CHANGE ACROSS MEDIA

Over the years, I have maintained a constant interest in how writers, filmmakers, and other creative producers seek to translate the complex phenomenon of climate change into engaging stories across a range of media. I’m particularly interested in the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of such intermedial translations, and in the cognitive, affective, and cultural dimensions of their reception.

Associated publications

Forthcoming:

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. Forthcoming. “Climate on Screen: From Doom and Disaster to Ecotopian Visions.” In The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate, edited by Kelly Sultzbach and Adeline Johns-Putra. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Published:

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2021. “Feeling Bad? Veganism, Climate Change, and the Rhetoric of Cowspiracy.” In Veg(etari)an Arguments in Culture, History, and Practice: The V Word, edited by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2021. “Popularizing Climate Change: Cli-Fi Film and Narrative Impact.” In The Research Handbook in Communicating Climate Change, edited by Roman Bartosch, David Holmes und Lucy Richardson. ‎Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2020. “Climate Change and the Dark Side of Translating Science into Popular Culture.” In The Dark Side of Translation, edited by Federico Italiano, 111-25. London and New York: 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, 133-39. Berne 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, 123-29. Berne 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. “Cli-fi and the Feeling of Risk.” Extended Forum “Cli-fi and American Studies,” edited by Susanne Leikam and Julia Leyda. Amerikastudien/American Studies 62(1): 129-138.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. “Sensing the Heat: Weather, Water, and Vulnerabilities in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife.” In Meteorologies of Modernity: Weather and Climate Discourses in the Anthropocene, edited by Sarah Fekadu, Hanna Strass-Senol, and Tobias Döring, 173-89. Tübingen: Narr.

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. 2017. “Vulnerable Lives: The Affective Dimensions of Risk in Young Adult Cli-Fi.” Special issue on Fiction in the Age of Risk, edited by Tony Hughes-d’Aeth & Golnar Nabizadeh. Textual Practice 31(3): 553-566.

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. 2015. “Die Vorstellung der Zukunft: Dystopische Klimaszenarien in der Populärkultur.” Ökologie und die Künste, edited by Erika Fischer-Lichte and Daniela Hahn, 239-250. Munich: Wilhelm Fink.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Science Fiction and the Risks of the Anthropocene: Anticipated Transformations in Dale Pendell’s The Great Bay.Environmental Humanities 5: 203-216.

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. 2013. “Hope in Dark Times: Climate Change and the World Risk Society in Saci Lloyd’s The Carbon Diaries 2015 and 2017.” In Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New Teenagers, edited by Carrie Hintz, Balaka Basu, and Katherine A. Broad, 69-83. New York and London: Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “Visceralizing Ecocide in Science Fiction Films: The Road and Hell.”  The Invention of Eco-Futures: Ecocriticism and Science Fiction, edited by Ursula Heise. Special Issue of [email protected]: European Journal of Literature, Culture, and Environment 3 (2): 42-56.

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.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2011. “Reframing Katrina: The Color of Disaster in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke.” Coloring the Environmental Lens: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cinema, New Media, and Just Sustainability, edited by Salma Monani, Belinda Chiu, and Carlo Arreglo. Special Issue of Environmental Communication 2 (5): 146-165.