Telemorphosis: Theory in the Era of Climate Change, Vol. 1
by Adam Robbert
The Tom Cohen edited volume in the Critical Climate Change series from Open Humanities Press is now available online HERE. I’ve been looking forward to this becoming available for months and I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds. There’s plenty to like about the series opener which reads:
The era of climate change involves the mutation of systems beyond 20th century anthropomorphic models and has stood, until recently, outside representation or address. Understood in a broad and critical sense, climate change concerns material agencies that impact on biomass and energy, erased borders and microbial invention, geological and nanographic time, and extinction events. The possibility of extinction has always been a latent figure in textual production and archives; but the current sense of depletion, decay, mutation and exhaustion calls for new modes of address, new styles of publishing and authoring, and new formats and speeds of distribution. As the pressures and realignments of this re-arrangement occur, so must the critical languages and conceptual templates, political premises and definitions of ‘life.’ There is a particular need to publish in timely fashion experimental monographs that redefine the boundaries of disciplinary fields, rhetorical invasions, the interface of conceptual and scientific languages, and geomorphic and geopolitical interventions. Critical Climate Change is oriented, in this general manner, toward the epistemopolitical mutations that correspond to the temporalities of terrestrial mutation.
I had a rather imposing stack of books delivered to my doorstep yesterday so it may take me a moment to get to this one. If any readers have impressions or reactions of the volume, by all means send them this way.