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This ambivalence is the effect of various strategies employed to popularise scientific knowledge in the novel. Post a Comment Login required. Email the author Login required. The key conflict in the story embodies conflicting concepts of nature – anthropocentric vs. The concepts of a ‘tragic’ and a ‘comical apocalypse’ correspond to the double closure which first features a dchtzing, the annihilation of the ‘bad’ characters, and then, in the epilogue, a warning message delivered by a ‘good’ character which confirms – in contrast to, for example, Michael Crichton’s State of Fear – the ongoing environmental crisis.


In The Swarmthe apocalyptical rhetoric fulfils the double function of providing thrill and pleasure to the readers and warning them about imminent environmental peril, thereby combining conventions from the two genres of eco-thriller and science fiction. Although the epilogue extensively appeals to the human ability to rethink attitudes towards nature, the novel’s support for environmental concerns is limited, not only because this message remains rather fran, but also because the schtzig of a reconciled, pseudo-religious ecosystem as a holistic superorganism has a highly ambivalent meaning for humanity.

She was co-director of the Research Network on Postcolonialism in German Literaturefounded by German Research Foundation and is currently co-editing a book on German Postcolonialism. She has published numerous articles on literary anthropology, German travel literature, and postdramatic grank.

How to cite item. The narrative embraces various scientific fields, for example the depiction of a network in contrast to swarm theory.

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Ecocritical research has identified these narrative patterns as characteristic of contemporary environmental literature. Contrasting reviews have described the novel as either enlightening or pseudo-religious.


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