Contribution to Book
How do we approach, read, discuss, and teach German literature in light of the transnational and global environmental problems and crises caused by human activities? In what way does the current geological era of the Anthropocene marked by traceable human impact across the globe lead us to reflect on the role and interconnectedness of human and non-human forces? Since human activities and human cultures have caused so many of the current ecological problems, how can scholars address broad-scale interdisciplinary problems with attention to both cultural and scientific knowledge? What is the role of the humanities in this inextricably nature-culture mix of problems? Many recent works in American and Anglophone literature attempt to answer such questions, yet there is still much to be done in other language and cultural traditions, especially when considering such broad-scale and shared challenges. We were motivated by such a need to gather together a collection of current work reflecting environmental attention in both canonical and non-canonical German-language texts and films.
Caroline Schaumann & Heather I. Sullivan
Schaumann, C., & Sullivan, H. I. (2017). Introduction. In C. Schaumann & H. I. Sullivan (Eds.), German ecocriticism in the anthropocene (pp. 7-21). Palgrave Macmillan.
German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene