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


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Goodbody, A. H., 2013. Melting ice and the paradoxes of Zeno:Didactic impulses and aesthetic distanciation in German climate change fiction. Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, 4 (1), pp. 92-102.

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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.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsGoodbody, A. H.
Uncontrolled Keywordsclimate change,german literature,ilija trojanow,eistau
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code36294

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