Axel Goodbody


1984 …2019
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Research interests

I am a leading authority on literary ecocriticism and German environmental literature.

I graduated in Modern Languages (German and French) from Trinity College Dublin, and spent ten years teaching and studying in Germany, at the University of Kiel. My doctoral thesis on Romantic and 20th-century German nature poetry was published as Natursprache (1984). I joined the University of Bath in 1984, and retired as Professor of German and European Culture in 2017.

Up to 2000 I wrote (in German and English) on aspects of modern and contemporary German literature including Exile Studies, GDR Studies, and literary and filmic representations of nature and technology. Since then I have lectured and published on ecocritical theory and frame analysis, and written transnational studies of subjects including cultural memory, space and place, animals, and perceptions of environmental risk, climate change and the Anthropocene in prose fiction and poetry.

I was a founding member of both the British and European branches of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, and served as first president of the latter 2004-6. I am Associate Editor of the EASLCE journal Ecozon@ and co-editor of the Rodopi/ Brill book series ‘Nature, Culture and Literature’.

At the University of Bath, I led the Departmental research group ‘Memory, History, and Identity’ from 2007 to 2014. I was a Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society in Munich in spring 2015, and am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Spa University (Centre for Environmental Humanities).

Continuing Research interests:

  • Environmental discourse
  • Place and identity
  • German and comparative literature of climate change
  • Nature writing
  • Eco-narratology

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Bath Spa University

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018


  • PT Germanic literature
  • Ecocriticism
  • Axel Goodbody
  • climate change fiction
  • climate scepticism

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Nature Arts & Humanities
Climate Change Arts & Humanities
Poetry Arts & Humanities
Ecocriticism Arts & Humanities
Fiction Arts & Humanities
Germany Arts & Humanities
Energy Arts & Humanities
Homeland Arts & Humanities

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Projects 2010 2017

Climate Scepticism: Subjectivities and Cultures

Goodbody, A.


Project: Research council

Global Mobility Scheme - Memory / Identity Studies

Goodbody, A.


Project: Research-related funding

Stories of Change: Energy in the past, present and future

Goodbody, A. & Smith, B.


Project: Research council


The Cultural Framing of Environmental Discourse

Goodbody, A. & Bluhdorn, I.



Project: Research council

sense of responsibility
science policy
interdisciplinary research

Research Output 1984 2019

Wolves and Wolf Men as Literary Tropes and Figures of Thought: Eco- and Zoopoetic Perspectives on Jiang Rong's 'Wolf Totem'

Goodbody, A., 15 Jan 2019, Texts, Animals, Environments: Zoopoetics and Ecopoetics. Middelhoff, F., Schönbeck, S., Borgards, R. & Gersdorf, C. (eds.). Freiburg, Berlin, Vienna: Rombach, p. 307-324 18 p. (Cultural Animal Studies; vol. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Framing in literary energy narratives

Goodbody, A., 15 Feb 2018, Framing the Environmental Humanities. Bergthaller, H. & Mortensen, P. (eds.). Leiden, Boston: Brill | Rodopi, p. 15-33 19 p. (Studies in Environmental Humanities; vol. 5).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
English Novel

Ilija Trojanow's 'The Lamentations of Zeno' (2011/2016): Prophetic Cli-Fi

Goodbody, A., 15 Dec 2018, Cli-Fi: A Companion. Goodbody, A. & Johns-Putra, A. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing Group, p. 67-72 6 p. (Genre Fiction and Film Companions; vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Goodbody, A., 2018, Cli-Fi: A Companion. Goodbody, A. & Johns-Putra, A. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing Group, p. 1-17 17 p. (Genre Fiction and Film Companions; vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Globalisation and the National Imaginary in Contemporary Argentine and Brazilian Cinema

Author: Pinazza, N., 4 Jul 2012

Supervisor: Goodbody, A. (Supervisor) & Martin, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The Dynamics of German Remembering: The Rosenstraße Protest in Historical Debate and Cultural Representation

Author: Potter, H., 11 Apr 2014

Supervisor: Rechtien, R. (Supervisor) & Goodbody, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Turning nature into essays: the epistemological and poetic function of the nature essay

Author: Schroder, S., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Goodbody, A. (Supervisor), Parish, N. (Supervisor) & Kerridge, R. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD