Melting ice and the paradoxes of Zeno: Didactic impulses and aesthetic distanciation in German climate change fiction

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Abstract

Although global warming has been a topic of American and British popular fiction since the 1980s, its literary representation has only recently become an object of academic enquiry. Perhaps a score of German novels on the subject have also appeared, and critical analysis of these is now called for. Following a general outline of the socio-political, philosophical, and ethical issues which climate change raises, and of the particular aesthetic challenges which writing about global warming poses, Ilija Trojanow’s 'EisTau' (Melting Ice, 2011) serves as a basis for discussion of the tensions between confessional and didactic impulses on the one hand, and recognition of the need for an aesthetic facilitating detachment on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-102
Number of pages11
JournalEcozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • climate change
  • German literature
  • Ilija Trojanow
  • EisTau

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