Academic journal article Nature, Culture and Literature

Acknowledgements

Academic journal article Nature, Culture and Literature

Acknowledgements

Article excerpt

The book before you had its origins in a doctoral thesis submitted to the Department of Anglophone Studies (Faculty of Humanities, University of Duisburg-Essen) in 2011. Parts of the thesis have been abridged and others rewritten, reducing the introductory account of ecocritical theory in length and drawing out the principal arguments.

Thanks are due, first of all, to my pater dissertationis, Jens Martin Gurr, who has encouraged, supported and assisted me in every possible way and whose intellectual rigour and literary understanding continue to impress me. Thanks go as well to my second advisor, Kylie Crane, for her critical and thorough readings of initial drafts and for suggesting numerous improvements to the text. I would also like to thank Ursula Renner-Hanke, who chaired the disputado, the staff of the Department of Anglophone Studies and the students of the PhD colloquium for the interesting and stimulating discussions. Special thanks go to Claudia Pemer for her careful readings of the thesis, helpful suggestions and, most importantly, supportive encouragement when I felt the project would not come to an end.

Thanks go to Christa Stevens of Rodopi and the anonymous reviewers of the draft for accepting my book for the series "Nature, Culture and Literature" and for the careful editing and proofreading of the manuscript. …

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