Anthropocene Austria

Edited by Caitríona Ní Dhúill and Nicola Thomas

Austrian Studies 30

Modern Humanities Research Association

26 January 2023

ISBN: 978-1-781889-87-9 (paperback)

Access online: At Project MUSE


Austrian Studies 30 examines the implications of the now well-established theoretical paradigm of the Anthropocene — the current geological epoch, in which humans are leaving an indelible trace on the fabric of the planet — for research on Austrian literature and culture. Ideas of environment and place have featured prominently in the Austrian cultural imagination, not least in the form of Alpine landscapes. Against this backdrop of geological ‘deep’ time made visible, the social and cultural fabric of contemporary Austria comes sharply into relief. Climate breakdown and rising temperatures are already having dramatic effects on snowfall and glaciers in the Alpine regions, causing major economic and environmental impacts, while negotiation with the realities of migration continues to determine political agendas and is increasingly linked — often in misleading ways — to environmental concerns. The volume explores literature and film from and about Austria in the context of the Anthropocene and highlights the entanglements of Austrian culture with environments and ecologies in the age of climate breakdown.

Volume 30 of Austrian Studies is edited by Caitríona Ní Dhúill and Nicola Thomas.

Contents:

1-13

Introduction: Anthropocene Austria
Caitríona Ní Dhúill

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15-30

Gardening as an Ecological and Educational Project: Stifter's Anticipation of Anthropocene Thinking and Aesthetics in Der Nachsommer
Axel Goodbody

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31-46

'So lange die Natur so bleibt': The Alpine Abstract in Stifter's 'Bergkristall'
Brian Alkire

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47-62

Anthropocene Realism: On Nikolaus Geyrhalter's Erde and the Limits of a Cumulative Aesthetic
Alexis Radisoglou

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63-81

Portrait of a Hoping Species: On the Anticipatory Realism of Nikolaus Geyrhalter's Homo Sapiens
Rafael Dernbach

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83-98

'Ein Mann, dem die Welt vertraut': Kurt Waldheim's Global Legacy in Ruth Beckermann's Waldheims Walzer
Dora Osborne

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99-112

Doom and Bloom: Friederike Mayröcker's Anthropocene Lateness
Nicola Thomas

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113-131

Plant Ontology, Non-Human Becoming and Acoustic Materiality in Oswald Egger's Herde der Rede
Teresa Ludden

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133-149

Soundwalks through the Anthropocene: The Acoustic Landscape in Josef Winkler's Der Stadtschreiber von Kalkutta (2019)
Daniela Dora

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151-168

Nature and the 'National Brand Austria': Contested Concepts in Raphaela Edelbauer's Das flüssige Land and Robert Seethaler's Ein ganzes Leben
Rebecca Wismeg-Kammerlander

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169-184

In Echo's Cave: Gendered Guilt and Anthropocene Repercussions in Texts by Christoph Ransmayr and Valerie Fritsch
Conor Brennan

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185-195

The Deceleration of Terror: An Interview with Philipp Weiss
Caitríona Ní Dhúill

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197-199

Review of Desiree Hebenstreit et al. (ed.), Austrian Studies: Literaturen und Kulturen: Eine Einführung
Andrew Barker

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199-201

Review of Rüdiger Görner, Kokoschka: The Untimely Modernist
Claude Cernuschi

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201-203

Review of Vahidin Preljević and Clemens Ruthner (ed.), Nähe und Distanz: Eine grundlegende Dichotomie in der österreichischen Literatur der Moderne
Marie Kolkenbrock

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203-205

Review of Karl Kraus, Dritte Walpurgisnacht
Caitríona Ní Dhúill

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205-206

Review of Charlie Louth, Rilke: The Life of the Work
Philip Ward

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206-208

Review of Angus Robertson, Vienna: The International Capital
Andrew Barker

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208-210

Review of Norbert Christian Wolf and Rosemarie Zeller (ed.), Musil-Forum: Studien zur Literatur der klassischen Moderne
Gilbert J. Carr

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210-212

Review of Yvonne Zivkovic, The Literary Politics of Mitteleuropa: Reconfiguring Spatial Memory in Austrian and Yugoslav Literature after 1945
Sabine Egger

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212-214

Review of Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove, Working for the War Effort: German-Speaking Refugees in British Propaganda during the Second World War
Andrea Hammel

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214-216

Review of Barbara Haider-Wilson, Österreichs friedlicher Kreuzzug 1839–1917: Das Heilige Land in Außenpolitik, Gesellschaft und Mentalitäten der Habsburgermonarchie
Louise Hecht

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216-218

Review of Nadine Wisotzki, Die Kunst der Einfachheit: Standortbestimmungen in der deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur: Judith Hermann — Peter Stamm — Robert Seethaler
Heide Kunzelmann

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218-220

Review of Clemens von Ruthenstreich, Freifrau Melanie von Strich and Matt Schmiert (ed.), Josefine Mutzenbacher oder die Geschichte einer Wienerischen Dirne von ihr selbst erzählt. Wiener Ausgabe
Birgit Lang

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220-221

Review of David S. Luft, The Austrian Dimension in German Intellectual History: From the Enlightenment to Anschluss
Ritchie Robertson

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Bibliography entry:

Dhúill, Caitríona Ní, and Nicola Thomas (eds), Anthropocene Austria (= Austrian Studies, 30 (2023))

First footnote reference: 35 Anthropocene Austria, ed. by Caitríona Ní Dhúill and Nicola Thomas (= Austrian Studies, 30 (2023)), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Dhúill and Thomas, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Dhúill, Caitríona Ní, and Nicola Thomas (eds). 2023. Anthropocene Austria (= Austrian Studies, 30)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Dhúill and Thomas 2023: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Dhúill and Thomas 2023: 21.

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