“The World of Sensible Seasons Had Come Undone”: Climate Change and Regional Folklore in Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior


Hannah Chapple (The Weber School)

This paper undertakes a study of region at the nexus of Folklore and bioregionalism and suggests a bioregional folklore is necessary to study region under climate change. I apply this approach to constructed folklore, analyzing the impact of climate change on weatherlore in Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior through a bioregional lens. I argue that the impacts of climate change in Flight Behavior disrupt and displace community weatherlore, and that the relationship between folklore and region in the text supports a shift in concepts of regionalized folklore, away from anthropocentric tradition and towards bioregionalism.

Part of 05-04 Weatherlore, Part 2: W(he/ea)ther the Weather [hybrid], Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm