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Maikäfer, flieg! Das Sterben der Arten und das Schweigen der Literaten

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Bernhard Malkmus


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This essay looks into the reasons why literary culture and the humanities have been slow and underprepared in responding to the global environmental crisis. It argues that the literary imaginary of modernity is deeply embedded in the epistemes that constitute some of the most powerful agents in driving planetary ecological precarity. This often creates performative contradictions when these inherited and perpetuated imaginaries are at odds with professed ideologies. Thus, while much of contemporary literary culture may even ideologically endorse environmental attitudes, it stays attached to epistemes that propel environmental degradation forward.

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Author(s): Malkmus B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Merkur

Year: 2018

Volume: 72

Issue: 2

Pages: 34-43

Print publication date: 01/03/2018

Acceptance date: 03/07/2017

ISSN (print): 0026-0096

Publisher: Verlag Klett-Cotta



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