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

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This essay begins by discussing the implications of the Anthropocene for literature and literary criticism, and the part which ecocritics can play in critically analysing cultural representations of our relationship with nature and defining the contribution of imagination, art and writing to the development of a posthuman identity. Reviewing studies of climate fiction in English and German to date, it traces the emergence of climate fiction as a 21st-century genre, and presents a brief overview of 25 German novels published since 1993. Finally, it compares the solutions to problems of form and narrative strategy arrived at by Ilija Trojanow in his lament over our destructive impact on nature in Eistau (2011) with those in Cornelia Franz’s young adult novel, Ins Nordlicht blicken (2012).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGerman Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene
EditorsCaroline Schaumann, Heather Sullivan
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, U. K.
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-54222-9
ISBN (Print)9781137559852
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Apr 2017

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NameLiteratures, Cultures, and the Environment
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • climate fiction
  • German novel
  • Ilija Trojanow
  • Cornelia Franz
  • anthropocene


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