This seminar examines the imagination of natural environments in German literature and visual media from the eighteenth century to the present. We will study how poetic and artistic works have modeled the relationship between landscapes and human life, as well as between the natural and the artificial. Over the course of the semester, we will consider how different aesthetic approaches to environment have figured within political and social movements concerned with conservation, "natural living," industrial pollution, nuclear power, consumerism, and sustainability. Readings and discussions will be in English.
Professor Buchholz received his BA in German literature from the University of Wisconsin, and his MA and PhD in German Studies from Cornell University. His academic focus is on twentieth- and twenty-first-century German prose fiction; experimental narrative forms; theories of family, community, and solidarity; and ecology and environmentalism in German-language literature after 1968.