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Research Interests

  • Ecocriticism and Critical Environmental Education
  • Television and Film Studies
  • Gender Studies and Feminist Criticism
  • African American Studies
  • Modernist Fiction

PhD Project

Crime-cene: Ecocrime in New Golden Age TV

In my project, I investigate American crime TV series, ecocritically, with regards to their conscious and unconscious depictions of environmental harm, crime, and in/justice. In conceptualizing the interdependences of seriality and Anthropocene ecology, I discuss media-ecological and econarratological metaphors and conceptions in relation to popular seriality, with special attention to the iconicity of place, and the non-linear temporalities of New Golden Age TV series from 2000-present. In bringing together Anthropocenology and Environmental Criminology with serial motifs and character tropes, such as the figure of the antihero, I conceptualize the Anthropocene as a Crime-cene. In developing the analytical perspective of an eco-detective, I look specifically at Waste Lands, Toxic Waters, and (Petro-)Extraction in TV series such as Twin Peaks, The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, True Detective, Stranger Things, Too Old to Die Young, and Outer Range. As these series do not necessarily deal with environmental issues on their narrative surface, my approach is informed by different versions of the Anthropocene, such as Heather Anne Swanson’s Banal Anthropocene, and Julia Leyda’s notion of the Climate Unconscious, arguing that the depicted crimes in the TV series entail various ecocrimes, ranging from unnarrated, unvisualized, and uncriminalized instances of ecosystem harm, to visually and narratively overt forms of long-term and large-scale environmental destruction.

Supervisor: JProf. Dr. Judith Rauscher