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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.
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Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Duke UP, 2010.
Chakrabarty, Dipesh. “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 35, 2009, pp. 197–222. CrossRef
Coole, Diana, and Samantha, Frost. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics. Duke UP, 2010.
Crutzen, Paul J., and Eugene F. Stoermer. “The ‘Anthropocene.’” Global Change Newsletter, vol. 41, 2000.
Dürbeck, Gabriele. “Writing Catastrophes: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Semantics of Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters.” Ecozon@ vol. 3, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1–9.
Gifford, Terry. “Pastoral, Anti-Pastoral, and Post-Pastoral.” The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment, edited by Louise Wrestling, Cambridge UP, 2014, pp. 17–30.
Goodbody, Axel. “German Ecocriticism: An Overview.” The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, edited by Greg Garrard, Oxford UP, 2014, pp. 547–59.
Goodbody, Axel and Kate Rigby. “Introduction.” Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches, edited by Axel Goodbody and Kate Rigby, U of Virginia P, 2011, pp. 1–15.
Heise, Ursula K. Sense of Place, Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global. Oxford UP, 2008.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Henry Holt, 2014.
Lachmund, Jens. “The Making of an Urban Ecology: Biological Expertise and Wildlife Preservation in West Berlin.” Greening the City: Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century, edited by Dorothee Brantz and Sonja Dümpelmann, U of Virginia P, 2011, pp. 204–27.
Marland, Pippa. “Ecocriticism.” Literature Compass, vol. 10/11, 2013, pp. 846–68.
Morton, Timothy. The Ecological Thought. Harvard UP, 2010.
Nixon, Rob. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Harvard UP, 2011.
Slovic, Scott. “Editor’s Note.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, vol. 19, no. 3, 2012, pp. 443–44. CrossRef
Zalasiewicz, Jan, et al. “The New World of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene, Following the Lost World of the Holocene, Holds Challenges for Both Science and Society.” Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 44, no. 7, 2010, pp. 2228–31.
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