On 15 February, the RCC played host to a poster exhibition on ecocriticism. Master’s-level students working with Dr Felicitas Meifert-Menhard from LMU Munich’s English department had spent a semester learning about the wide reach and application of reading literary texts ecologically—not just contemporary texts concerned with anthropogenic climate change, but also much older texts that can help us complicate our ideas about what nature is, or comprehend the complexity of the human relationship with the natural world.
Students produced posters instead of the traditional written papers and presented these in a slam session, with each student giving a concise and lively summary of their project in just a minute each. The RCC community—staff, fellows, and doctoral students—were fascinated by the diversity of the projects on display, with ecocritical readings of Shakespeare jostling with texts such as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. Thank you to Felicitas and to all the students involved—we look forward to seeing you at the RCC again soon!