" From Beneath Us It Devours: The Meaning and Making of Apocalyptic Landscape in America."
Kontaktadresse an der Universität Würzburg:
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik
Erstbetreuerin: Prof. Dr. MaryAnn Snyder-Körber
Klasse in der Graduiertenschule: "Environmental Humanities"
Promotion in der Graduiertenschule ab WS 2019/2020.
In the year 1500 Christopher Columbus declared to the Court of Spain that “God made me the messenger of the new heaven and new earth of which he spoke in the Apocalypse of St. John, and he showed me the spot where to find it.” From the Columbian arrival onwards, the intertwining of apocalyptic and landscape have been fundamental to imagining and transforming America. And yet, more than five centuries of scholarship have yielded not one single publication dedicated to the study of apocalyptic landscape in America. I propose to begin the work of unearthing the many ways in which American territory has become apocalyptic landscape, and how the unique material and discursive figuration of these spaces informs the ways in which apocalyptic landscapes are understood, accessed, and managed.