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German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene

  • Caroline Schaumann
  • Heather I. Sullivan
  • Provides a diverse range of topics connected to German ecocriticism, ranging from Goethe to contemporary German ecothrillers

  • Offers the first comprehensive and cohesive volume of essays dedicated to literature and ecocritical practices unique unto German-speaking cultures

  • Showcases an internationally diverse team of collaborators at various stages of their careers


Part of the Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment book series (LCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Caroline Schaumann, Heather I. Sullivan
    Pages 7-21
  3. Ecological Systems and Place in the Anthropocene

  4. Vibrant Matter: Rocks, Mines, Air, and Food

  5. Catastrophe, Crisis, and Cultural Exploitation

  6. Genres in the Anthropocene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265

About this book


This book offers essays on both canonical and non-canonical German-language texts and films, advancing ecocritical models for German Studies, and introducing environmental issues in German literature and film to a broader audience. This volume contextualizes the broad-ranging topics and authors in terms of the Anthropocene, beginning with Goethe and the Romantics and extending into twenty-first-century literature and film. Addressing the growing need for environmental awareness in an international humanities curriculum, this book complements ecocritical analyses emerging from North American and British studies with a specifically German Studies perspective, opening the door to a transnational understanding of how the environment plays an integral role in cultural, political, and economic issues.


Ecocriticism German, Swiss, and Austrian literature environmental humanities Anthropocene Urban ecology English literature environment Europe film film and television film history German German literature history history of literature literature twentieth century

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Schaumann
    • 1
  • Heather I. Sullivan
    • 2
  1. 1.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Trinity UniversitySan AntonioUSA

About the editors

Caroline Schaumann is Associate Professor of German Studies at Emory University, USA. She is the author of Memory Matters: Generational Responses to Germany’s Nazi Past in Recent Women’s Literature and co-editor of Heights of Reflection: Mountains in the German Imagination from the Middle Ages to Twenty-First Century.


Heather I. Sullivan is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Trinity University, Texas, USA. She co-edited The Early History of Embodied Cognition, has been a contributing editor to publications such as New German Critique, Colloquia Germanica, and ISLE, and is author of The Intercontextuality of Self and Nature in Ludwig Tieck’s Early Works.

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