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A Sense of Urgency

How the Climate Crisis Is Changing Rhetoric

A Sense of Urgency

How the Climate Crisis Is Changing Rhetoric

A study of how the climate crisis is changing human communication from a celebrated rhetorician.
Why is it difficult to talk about climate change? Debra Hawhee argues that contemporary rhetoric relies on classical assumptions about humanity and history that cannot conceive the present crisis. How do we talk about an unprecedented future or represent planetary interests without privileging our own species? A Sense of Urgency explores four emerging answers, their sheer novelty a record of both the devastation and possible futures of climate change. In developing the arts of magnitude, presence, witness, and feeling, A Sense of Urgency invites us to imagine new ways of thinking with our imperiled planet.

272 pages | 32 halftones | 6 x 9

Biological Sciences: Ecology

Earth Sciences: Environment

Language and Linguistics: Anthropological/Sociological Aspects of Language

Rhetoric and Communication

Table of Contents

List of Figures

1. Introduction: Intensifications
2. Glacial Death: Making Future Memory Present
3. “In a World Full of ‘Ifs’”: The Felt Time of Youth Climate Rhetors
4. Learning Curves: COVID-19, Climate Change, and Mathematical Magnitude
5. Presence and Placement in Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest
6. Epilogue: Fathoming


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