Roihankorpi discusses Antonin Artaud’s anarchic ethics to reassess the contemporary significance of the Great Finnish Famine of 1695–97, a consequence of the long period of climatic cooling known as the Little Ice Age. Drawing on the gratuitous but enduring tragedy performed by a pre-modern Famine and the “eco-cruelty” of the current climate change (coined by Chaudhuri and Enelow), the chapter conducts a queer and cathartic reading of cataclysms and the social impact thereof. As a critique of climatic amnesia and its impact on modern history, it contributes to the ways in which the ongoing environmental crisis of global scale could be approached in terms of an anarchic, performative ethos.
- Little Ice Age
- anarchic ethics