Imagining Solar Energy

Over this time, there has been an ebb and flow in scientific and literary interest in solar energy, and in the kinds of genre, mode and form used to represent and imagine solar technologies. Nevertheless, patterns and continuities do ...

Imagining Solar Energy

How has humanity sought to harness the power of the Sun, and what roles have literature, art and other cultural forms played in imagining, mythologizing and reflecting the possibilities of solar energy? What stories have been told about solar technologies, and how have these narratives shaped developments in science and culture? What can solar power's history tell us about its future, within a world adapting to climate crisis? Identifying the history of capturing solar radiance as a focal point between science and the imagination, Imagining Solar Energy argues that the literary, artistic and mythical resonances of solar power – from the Renaissance to the present day – have not only been inspired by, but have also cultivated and sustained its scientific and technological development. Ranging from Archimedes to Isaac Asimov, John Dee to Humphry Davy, Aphra Behn to J. G. Ballard, the book argues that solar energy translates into many different kinds of power (physical, political, intellectual and cultural), and establishes for the first time the importance of solar energy to many literary and scientific endeavours.

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Imagining Solar Energy
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Gregory Lynall
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

How has humanity sought to harness the power of the Sun, and what roles have literature, art and other cultural forms played in imagining, mythologizing and reflecting the possibilities of solar energy? What stories have been told about solar technologies, and how have these narratives shaped developments in science and
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
Language: en
Pages: 148
Authors: Joseph Campbell
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: New World Library

Created from a powerful set of lectures delivered by the "father of modern mythology," this exciting book--the second in the series Collected Works of Joseph Campbell--suggests that laws of physics that govern the universe are also at play within the human consciousness.
Solarities
Language: en
Pages: 92
Authors: After Oil Collective
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-05-24 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

A collective engages and mirrors the critical need for energy justice and transformation Solarities considers the possibilities of organizing societies and economies around solar energy, and the challenges of a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels. Far from presenting solarity as a utopian solution to the climate crisis,
The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Climate
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Adeline Johns-Putra, Kelly Sultzbach
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-03-31 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This volume unfolds the complex relationship between literature and climate by uniquely illuminating historical complexity, diverse viewpoints, and emerging issues.
Biofictions
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Josie Gill
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

In this important interdisciplinary study, Josie Gill explores how the contemporary novel has drawn upon, and intervened in, debates about race in late 20th and 21st century genetic science. Reading works by leading contemporary writers including Zadie Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro, Octavia Butler and Colson Whitehead, Biofictions demonstrates how ideas of