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dc.contributor.authorPoertner, Julia
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-18T10:40:03Z
dc.date.available2020-03-18T10:40:03Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/78028
dc.description.abstractElisabeth Mann Borgese, born in Munich in 1918, the youngest daughter of German novelist, Thomas Mann, and Katia Pringsheim, made it her moral duty to consider the future of humanity. For her, the ocean, with its densely interconnected structures, acts as a natural model for paradigmatic changes to cultural systems. Arguably, this was only the beginning of a wide-ranging utopian plan envisioning a dynamic, equitable, and ecological world order comprised of a world government and functional ‘world communities’ based on the common heritage of mankind concept. The works and biography of Mann Borgese are viewed mostly through the lens of the international law of the sea and as another chapter of the Mann family history. As a result, the interconnections between her thematically diverse writings are often ignored. Using an interdisciplinary narrative approach, this thesis examines Mann Borgese’s nonfiction and fiction work as well as archival materials originating from the late 1950s to the early 2000s. More specifically, Mann Borgese’s work is situated here within the contexts of cultural ecology or Kulturökologie and is explained against the backdrop of politico-historical events. A broader understanding of narrative both as a concept and as a tool for interdisciplinary scholarship in the Anthropocene serves as methodological background. A close reading of Mann Borgese’s works first analyzes Mann Borgese’s ‘philosophy of continuity’, highlighting the interconnectedness between the individual, society, and nature based on evolutionary and complexity theories. Secondly, it reveals that Mann Borgese’s philosophy of continuity constitutes the link between her work, both fiction and nonfiction, which is articulated through leitmotifs, metaphors as well as intertextual and thematic interrelations. Thirdly, it showcases that Mann Borgese’s emphasis on continuity and cooperation between agents of nature and culture constitutes the basis of her extended understanding of humanism and the common heritage of mankind concept. Lastly, it illustrates the ideological setting of her cultural ecology in which society and its cultural subsystems of law, economy, science and education are organized in such ways to be able to deal with complex global problems ecologically and for the benefit of all humanity.  en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectBorgese, Elisabeth Mannen_US
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary Studiesen_US
dc.subjectCultural Ecologyen_US
dc.subjectNarrativityen_US
dc.subjectAnthropoceneen_US
dc.titleNarratives of Nature and Culture: The Cultural Ecology of Elisabeth Mann Borgeseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.defence2020-03-13
dc.contributor.departmentInterdisciplinary PhD Programmeen_US
dc.contributor.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerDr. Heather I. Sullivanen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr. Lynne Robinsonen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Michael Houseen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. David Blacken_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Aldo Chircopen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Thomas Curranen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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