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Readings in the Anthropocene The Environmental Humanities, German Studies, and Beyond,9781501307751

Readings in the Anthropocene The Environmental Humanities, German Studies, and Beyond

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 6/29/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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Readings in the Anthropocene brings together a number of different scholars from German Studies disciplines and beyond to interpret the German tradition of the last two hundred years from a perspective that is mindful of the challenge posed by the concept of the Anthropocene. This new age of man, unofficially pronounced in 2000, holds that humans are becoming a geological force in shaping the Earth's future. Among the biggest challenges facing our future are climate change, accelerated species loss, and a radical transformation of land use. What are the historical, philosophical, cultural, literary, and artistic responses to this new concept? The essays in this volume bring German culture to bear on what it means to live in the Anthropocene from a historical, ethical, and aesthetic perspective.

Author Biography

Sabine Wilke is Professor of German at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, where she is also associated with European Studies and the Program in Critical Theory. Her research and teaching interests include modern German literature and culture, intellectual history and theory, and cultural studies. She is the author of German Culture and the Modern Environmental Imagination (2015) and editor of From Kafka to Sebald: Modernism and Narrative Form (Bloomsbury, 2012).

Japhet Johnstone is managing editor and translator at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) in Berlin, Germany. He is co-editor of Crimes of Passion: Representations of Sexual Pathology in the Early Twentieth Century (2015).

Table of Contents


I. Literature, Visual Culture, and Science
1. “Save the Forest, Burn Books”: On the Science and Poetics of Sustainability in Lichtenberg
Markus Wilczek, Tufts University, USA
2. Narrative, Metaphor and Image in German Popular Science Writing on Climate Change
Axel Goodbody, Bath Spa University, UK
3. A World Without Us: Aesthetic, Literary and Scientific Imaginations of Nature beyond Mankind
Wolfgang Struck, The University of Erfurt, Germany

II. Contemporary Literature, Science Fiction, and Visual Culture
4. Genres of the Anthropocene: Perspectives in Contemporary Unheroic Fiction
Gabriele Dürbeck, The University of Vechta, Germany; Carolina Schaumann, Emory University, USA; and Heather Sullivan, Trinity University, USA
5. Looking Behind Walls. Literary and Filmic Imaginations of Nature and Humanity in Haushofer's Die Wand
Sabine Frost, University of Washington, USA
6. The Darkness of the Anthropocene: Wolfgang Hilbig's Alte Abdeckerei.
Sabine Nöllgen, University of Puget Sound, USA
7. Diffuse Dwelling: The Anthroposcenic Fenlands in Sebald and Swift
Bernhard Malkmus, Ohio State University, USA

III. Engaging the Philosophical Tradition: Towards an Anthropocene Ethics and Aesthetics
8. Environmental Humanities, Cosmopolitanism, and the Anthropocene
Amos Nascimento, University of Washington Tacoma, USA
9. The Idea of Sustainability in Hegel
Klaus Vieweg, Philosophy, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany
10. Planetary Praxis in the Anthropocene: an Ethics and Poetics for a New Geological Age
Sabine Wilke, University of Washington, USA
11. Responsibility for the World? Collective Responsibility in the Age of the Anthropocene
Andreas Niederberger, Düsseldorf, Germany

IV. Reimagining Literary History, and Cultural Engagements in the Anthropocene
12. Literature and Other Anthropocenic Mutations
Jason Groves, San Francisco State University, USA
13. Adalbert Stifter and the Gentle Anthropocene
Sean Ireton, University of Missouri, USA
14. Against the Elements
Evi Zemanek, University of Freiburg, Germany


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