GERMAN 260

What does it mean to be human in the 21st century? This question lies at the heart of the transdisciplinary approach known as posthumanism. In this time of increasing social and environmental injustices, the fast-growing field of the posthumanities challenges the patriarchal, colonialist, and anthropocentric paradigms underlying the Western tradition. This course focuses on a key player in posthuman ethics: the body. How does the literary imagination envision multispecies, multiracial, and gender-fluid bodies, selves, and societies that are inclusive of marginalized communities, be they human or other-than-human? This course explores how contemporary German literature helps us develop ethical frameworks for our fragile 21st-century ecologies. Topics include:  Anthropocene, multispecies justice, gender and sexuality, Afrofuturism, algorithmic justice, diaspora and migration, ecofeminism, eco-materialism. Readings include German-language authors such as Dietmar Dath, Olga Flor, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Sasha Marianna Salzmann, and Ilija Trojanow, American authors such as Nnedi Okorafor and Richard Powers, and cultural theorists such as Donna Haraway, Saidiya Hartman, Bruno Latour, and Paul Preciado.