In this essay, I use performative writing as a framework to explore the problem of climate change. Specifically, the shifting and accumulative nature of clouds serves as a trope for imaginatively restaging environmental issues. In the essay, I view the environment as a symbolic and material construction that is coproduced in connection to the personal, discursive, and collective unconscious. Through narrative, poetry, and performance, I argue for the concept of environmental performativity as a metonym for exploring the interdependent relationship among the individual, environment, and climate change.
The Sympoiesis of Clouds
Christopher C. Collins is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Missouri State University. Correspondence to: Christopher C. Collins, Department of Communication, Missouri State University, 901 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897, USA. Email: ChristopherCollins@MissouriState.edu.
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Christopher C. Collins; The Sympoiesis of Clouds. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 15 December 2020; 9 (4): 44–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.4.44
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