Pacific Seascapes of the Anthropocene: Changing Human-Nature Relationships in Jeff Murray’s Melt




Anthropocene, cultural seascapes, climate crisis, climate migration, climate refugees, Tropical Pacific, sea level rise, ecocriticism, cli-fi


Melt (2019), Jeff Murray’s debut novel is set in the near future of 2048. It depicts how the Anthropocene has wrought massive changes to seascapes, islandscapes, and landscapes, especially those of the tropical Pacific. The novel follows the plight of the people of Independence, a fictional low-lying Pacific island, who, due to rising sea levels and tropical storms, seek to migrate to New Zealand. However, migration is an option for rich countries, and the island community remains climate refugees on their ecologically crumbling island in a new world of mass climate migration. This paper focuses on cultural seascapes and landscapes of the Anthropocene, disruptions in human-nature relationships, and the possibility of human adaptation through climate migration. We read Melt with reference to the ecocritical theories of Cheryll Glotfelty, Lawrence Buell, and M. R. Mazumdar.

Author Biographies

Trina Bose, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India

Trina Bose is a Doctoral Research Scholar in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management in Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India.  Her areas of research interest include Environmental Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, and Postcolonial World Literature. She has published articles in a UGC-sponsored national journal (Dibrugarh University Journal of English Studies), a peer reviewed and Web of Science indexed international journal (Litera: Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies), and a Scopus indexed journal (The IUP Journal of English Studies).

Punyashree Panda, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India

Dr Punyashree Panda is an Assistant Professor of English in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management in Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India. She has more than thirty national and international research papers and book publications to her credit. She authored the Springer titled “Memory, Empathy, and Narrative in Meena Kandasamy’s Gypsy Goddess” in the Palgrave Macmillan titled Literature, Memory, Hegemony: East/ West Crossings published in 2018.


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How to Cite

Bose, T., & Panda, P. . (2022). Pacific Seascapes of the Anthropocene: Changing Human-Nature Relationships in Jeff Murray’s Melt. ETropic: Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics, 21(1), 326–347.