The Destruction of Amsterdam | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 136, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0040-7550
  • E-ISSN: 2212-0521



This article examines representations of urban destruction and of rising waters in Pieter Boskma’s (2016) and in Guido van Driel’s (2007). It foregrounds the ways in which these texts reflect productively on visualisations and narrative frames of catastrophe, and how they propose alternative temporalities (in the case of Boskma) and alternative visual perspectives (in van Driel) for imagining possible urban end-times. At the background of this article is an increased tendency in ecocritical approaches to read representations of destructive climate change (in prose literature, in particular) in terms of their implications for understanding real-world radical climatological and environmental change. Such perspectives are complemented here with an examination of allegorical readings of flood in a poetry collection and graphic novel.


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