Kunst, Klima og Kritik

Kasper Bendix Mikkelsen, Aske Tim Sparrebro, Jeppe Højbjerg Højersgaard, Uffe Michael Rask Foss & Emilie Charlotte Walsøe Lund

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt



This study investigates the relationship between the Romantic trope of Nature and the environmental crisis in modern film and literature. It argues that the continued circulation of this Romantic trope and view of Nature in art contributes to passivity in regards to otherwise acute problems concerning climate change. Danish Romantic poet Adam Oehlenschläger is used to explain and exemplify the birth and use of the original Nature-trope in its purest form whilst an analysis Pixar’s hugely successful Wall-E documents this Nature-trope’s continued prominence. Using the method of literary ecocriticism stemming from among others Greg Garrard and Timothy Morton the study points to the construing of Nature as vital to acting on problems pertaining to it i.e. environmental sustainability. Using ecocriticism, the Romantic Nature-trope is deconstructed and a new ‘Dark Ecology’ view of nature is proposed exemplified in practice by postmodern poets Hede and Ørntoft as well as Melancholia by acclaimed film director Lars von Trier. The study concludes however that the ‘Dark Ecology’-theory in art is inadequate by itself and that a recalibration of the old Romantic Nature-trope seems to be the most active way of building awareness and creating a wider response to the environmental crisis. Environmental activism is required. The Dark Ecology-reading can though instead be used to call attention to certain contexts of concrete biological interconnectedness that has until now gone rather unexplored within the traditional methods of textual criticism used by the disciplines of the Humanities.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2017
Antal sider63
VejledereJens Kramshøj Flinker


  • Økokritik
  • Morton
  • Klimakrise
  • Natursyn
  • Kulturprodukter