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Introduction

  • Caroline Schaumann
  • Heather I. Sullivan
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Part of the Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment book series (LCE)

Abstract

The introduction to German Ecocriticism defines and contextualizes the environmental humanities, ecocriticism, and the Anthropocene in terms of German-speaking literature and film from the early nineteenth century through today. The volume, however, goes beyond national boundaries by addressing the implications of and the need for transnational, cosmopolitan, and “planetary” perspectives for textual explorations of the physical environment. We briefly outline the book’s chapters that are organized thematically in four parts: “Interactions with Place and Ecological Systems: Local and Global,” “Vibrant Matter: Rocks, Minerals, and Food,” “Representing Catastrophe, Crisis, and Ecological Devastation,” and “Genres in the Anthropocene.” By offering a critical investigation into cultural performances of nature in manifold forms, this volume provides specifically German-focused studies of global environmental issues.

Keywords

German Study German Literature Fourth Chapter Nature Writing Faustian Bargain 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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