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Teaching Environments

Ecocritical Encounters

Roman Bartosch and Sieglinde Grimm

The essays in this collection seek to bring together current developments in ecocriticism and the pedagogical practice of teaching English at all levels, from primary schools to Higher Education. They cover theoretical and practical discussions of the nexus between the sciences and the humanities and maintain that the notion of the two cultures be refused for good, they argue for the inclusion of particular texts or theoretical perspectives, and they suggest ways to teaching environments on different levels of language competence and in the context of historical and transdisciplinary encounters with ecology, nature, and animals. Despite this variety, they share some common threads and engage with questions that are highly relevant for teaching in general and have acquired even more relevance in our rapidly changing and posthumanist teaching environments: How do we raise consciousness without preaching? What kind of critical attitude is required for the empowerment of our pupils and students? How do we actually imagine encounters between the sciences and the (post)humanities, and which texts, what kind of texts, and which approaches will prove most fruitful?

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Roman Bartosch teaches English literatures at the University of Cologne. He has published on postcolonial and posthumanist theory and in his research focuses on literary theories, especially new formalism, reception aesthetics and hermeneutics. When he is not engaged in not-understanding literary animals, he thinks about literary canonicity, literary quality and questions of ethical criticism. His book EnvironMentality—Ecocriticism and the Event of Postcolonial Fiction was released with Rodopi in 2013. Born in Greater London, Janice Bland initially gathered extensive experience in teaching English at all levels from primary school to adult education—mostly in Germany. After completing her PhD in 2012 (University of Jena), Janice joined the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Paderborn. Her interests are Children’s Literature in Language Education, TEFL, Drama and Creative Writing. Janice has published widely, including a monograph and edited volume with Bloomsbury Academic, textbooks with Macmillan and Schroedel, and four collections of plays for schools with Players Press. Janice co-edits the new international peer-reviewed and open-access CLELEjournal: Children’s Literature in English Language Education. Celestine Caruso studied English and Biology at the University of Cologne, where she graduated in 2006. She then studied at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and the Centre for Applied Linguistics at Warwick University (2006-7). From 2006 to 2009, she worked at the department of Biology Didactics at the University of Cologne where she is currently writing her PhD-thesis. Since 2009, she has also been teaching English literature and culture at the English...

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