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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

Keywords

  • 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.

1/09/1531/08/17

Project: Research councilIndividual grant

Global Mobility Scheme - Memory / Identity Studies

Goodbody, A.

1/11/141/03/15

Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

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

Goodbody, A. & Smith, B.

1/07/1430/06/17

Project: Research councilPublic Engagement

Energy
Manufacturing
Redistribution
Resilience
Sustainability

The Cultural Framing of Environmental Discourse

Goodbody, A. & Bluhdorn, I.

1/08/1031/01/12

Project: Research council

discourse
sense of responsibility
communication
science policy
interdisciplinary research

Research Output 1984 2018

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

Energy
Novel
Enclosure
English Novel
Harvest

Epilogue: The Anthropocene in German Perspective

Goodbody, A., 21 Sep 2017, Readings in the Anthropocene: The Environmental Humanities, German Studies, and Beyond. Wilke, S. & Johnstone, J. (eds.). New York, U. S. A.: Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 313-320 8 p. (New Directions in German Studies; vol. 18).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

8 Citations

Gathering around stories: Interdisciplinary experiments in support of energy system transitions

Smith, J., Butler, R., Day, R., Fyfe, H., Goodbody, A., Llewellyn, D., Rohse, M., Smith, B., Tyszczuk, R., Udall, J. & Whyte, N., 1 Sep 2017, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 31, p. 284-294

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decarbonization
Social sciences
Climate change
energy
experiment
4 Citations

Telling the story of climate change: the German novel in the Anthropocene

Goodbody, A., 28 Apr 2017, German Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene. Schaumann, C. & Sullivan, H. (eds.). Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 293-314 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Nature
Climate Change
Fiction
Climate
Novel

Animal Studies: Kafka's Animal Stories

Goodbody, A., 12 May 2016, Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology. Berlin: De Gruyter, p. 249-272 24 p. (Handbook of English and American Studies; vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
Animals
Franz Kafka
Cultural Studies
Cultural Ecology
Canon

Thesis

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

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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

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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

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