CFP for ASECS 2012:
Goethe Society Panel: GOETHE AND ECOCRITICISM
Ecocritical studies have posited Goethe as the modern developer, as the prototypical nature poet and hence potential guru for green thinking, yet also as the scientist who opposed Newtonian systems and hence dismantled many of our basic assumptions regarding “nature.” This panel asks how Goethe is best understood: was he primarily a conservative land developer and advocate for resource exploitation through mining and building of dikes like Faust? Or was he rather the sentimental, Wertherian poet of “natural” landscapes and gardening, and hence the direct inspiration for many environmental thinkers like Ernst Haeckel, coiner of the term “Ökologie”? Alternatively, might we see him also, or even more so, as a scientist whose work offers alternative interactions with the physical world and elements—whether more or less exploitative? In this proposed panel for the ASECS 2011, papers might address Goethe’s literature and science in terms of these various perspectives, or in terms of the recent directions in ecocriticism such as animal studies, posthumanism, scientific models and/or critiques, ecofeminism, or the new materialism of material ecocriticism. Of particular interest are papers rethinking the “human” and “nature” as concepts, whether through “intra-actions” with other species, the elements, technology, and/or the urban.
Contact: Heather I. Sullivan, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Modern Languages and Literatures
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