Min Hyoung Song

Jun 28, 2022

Climate Lyricism

Duke University Press 2022

In Climate Lyricism (Duke University Press, 2022), Min Hyoung Song models a climate change-centered reading practice that helps us better understand and respond to climate change by moving from forms of everyday denial to everyday attention and shared agency.

Tune in to this episode of New Books in Asian American Studies to hear Min talk about how this project of reading for climate lyricism emerged out of his work as an Asian Americanist; the importance of the humanities in cultivating practices of everyday attention that are critical to understanding and acting on climate change; staying with bad feelings in order to move from practices of everyday denial to everyday attention; how reading with everyday attention to climate can model a way of living with everyday attention to climate, as well; the properties of climate change that make it so difficult to write about using plot or narrative; what writers might do to bring attention to and illuminate ways of living in and through climate crisis; how climate change is connected to other contemporary forms of violent dispossession and social inequities; and, in the midst of all this, how you and I might live during these difficult times.

Min Hyoung Song is Professor of English at Boston College.

Jennifer Gayoung Lee is a writer and data analyst based in New York City.

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