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Repräsentationsweisen des Anthropozän in Literatur und Medien

Representations of the Anthropocene in Literature and Media

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Edited By Gabriele Dürbeck and Jonas Nesselhauf

Das Anthropozän mit der Idee der systemischen Zusammenhänge von Mensch, Technologie und Umwelt ist durch Komplexität und disproportionale Skalierungseffekte von planetarischem und tiefenzeitlichem Ausmaß gekennzeichnet. Der Band geht der Frage nach, mit welchen Rhetoriken und Strategien Literatur und Kunst die Komplexität des Anthropozän auf menschliches Maß beziehen. Vor dem Hintergrund der Environmental Humanities untersuchen die 11 Beiträge das interdependente Beziehungsgeflecht von Mensch und agentieller ‹Natur› wie auch die Interaktion von unterschiedlichen zeitlichen, räumlichen und thematischen Skalen in Komposition, Figurendarstellung und Metaphorik (Raumschiff, Gaia, Weltgärtner) mit Bezug auf lokale Umweltprobleme und globale Zukunftsfragen. Mediale Austragsorte sind Erzählung, Epos, Climate und Science Fiction, Heimatroman, Ecodiegesis, Umweltlyrik, Hörspiel, Fotographie, Film und bildende Kunst.

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Ecodiegesis and Autobiography in Liptrot’s The Outrun (2015)

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Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal

Abstract: In Liptrot’s The Outrun, a “geostory” (Latour) is intertwined with an autobiographic narrative. Building on Bennett’s New Materialism, the paper argues that The Outrun constitutes an anthropocenic entwicklungsroman in which agency arises out of the interference of global warming, tides on the Orkney Islands, copper phone lines, family history, alcohol addiction, and bird watching.

Whether or not the Anthropocene will become a formally defined geological unit within the Geological Time Scale,1 the term has already caused a lasting impact on our perception of the relation of nature and humankind. We are confronted with a paradoxical situation: Human agency appears as a geophysical force en par with the greater forces of nature influencing the functioning of the Earth System,2 but at the same time, consisting of an infinite sum of diverse human activities, it does not show the characteristics of a coordinated collective action.3 In addition, these activities arise out of a web of cultural and material contexts that are difficult to disentangle. Moreover, we need to face the fact that humanity is not only acting upon nature, but is also being acted upon by nature on a new scale, as the possibility of the so-called sixth extinction looming on the horizon drastically reminds us: “nature might fundamentally alter our existence ←187 | 188→as a species and […] it might do so as the ultimate outcome of processes that we ourselves set in motion.”4

The Anthropocene thus calls to...

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