PUBLICATIONS Publications of Alexa Weik von Mossner

My current research focuses primarily on the emotional and affective dimensions of environmental storytelling and is rooted in an approach that draws ecocriticism and the environmental humanities into conversation with neuroscience, psychology and cognitive literary and film studies. You can find full texts of many of my papers on Academia.edu and ResearchGate. Forthcoming papers are listed here

MONOGRAPHS

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Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.

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Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. Cosmopolitan Minds: Literature, Emotion, and the Transnational Imagination. Austin: University of Texas Press.

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EDITED COLLECTIONS

weikvonmossner_cover_moving-environmentsWeik von Mossner, Alexa, ed. 2014. Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. “Cli-fi and the Feeling of Risk.” Extended Forum “Cli-fi and American Studies,” edited by Susanne Leikam and Julia Leyda. Amerikastudien/American Studies 62(1): 129-138.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. “Sensing the Heat: Weather, Water, and Vulnerabilities in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife.” In Meteorologies of Modernity: Weather and Climate Discourses in the Anthropocene, edited by Sarah Fekadu, Hanna Strass-Senol, and Tobias Döring. REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. Tübingen: Narr.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. “Touching the Senses: Environments and Technologies at the Movies.” In The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, edited byUrsula K. Heise, Jon Christensen and Michelle Niemann, 337-345. New York: Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2017. Vulnerable Lives: The Affective Dimensions of Risk in Young Adult Cli-Fi.” Special issue on Fiction in the Age of Risk, edited by Tony Hughes-d’Aeth & Golnar Nabizadeh. Textual Practice 31(3): 553-566.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2016. “Feeling Cosmopolitan: Strategic Empathy in Charles W. Chesnutt’s Paul Marchand, F.M.C. MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States 41(4): 76-95.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2016. “Ecocinema and Gender.” In The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender, edited by E. Ann Kaplan, Patrice Petro, Dijana Jelaca, and Kristin Hole, 417-426. New York: Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2016. “Environmental Narrative, Embodiment, and Emotion.” In Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, edited by Hubert Zapf, 534-550. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2016. “Imagining Geological Agency: Storytelling in the Anthropocene.” Special issue Whose Anthropocene? Revisiting Dipesh Chakrabarty’s “Four Theses,”  edited by Robert Emmet and Thomas Lekan. RCC Perspectives 2: 83-88.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2016. “Encountering the Sahara: Embodiment, Emotion, and Material Agency in Paul Bowles’s The Sheltering Sky.” (Updated Reprint). In Environmental Awareness and the Design of Literature, edited by François Specq, 116-135. Leiden: Brill.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2016. “Von Maschinen und Menschen: Ridley Scotts Blade Runner.” In Science-Fiction Kultfilme, edited by Angela Fabris and Jörg Helbig. 133-145. Marburg: Schüren.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2015. “Small Islands in Documentary Film.”  Special Issue Small Islands and Natural Hazards, edited by Uwe Lübken and Rebecca Hofmann. Global Environment 8(2): 178-195.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2015. “Slow Violence on the Beach: Documenting Disappearance in There Once Was an Island.”  In The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space, edited by Virginia Richter and Ursula Kluwick, 175-191. London: Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2015. “Grüne Filmstudien.” In Ecocriticism: Eine Einführung, edited by Gabriele Dürbeck and Urte Stobbe,142-153. Köln: Böhlau-Verlag (UTB Series).

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2015. “Die Vorstellung der Zukunft: Dystopische Klimaszenarien in der Populärkultur.” Ökologie und die Künste, edited by Erika Fischer-Lichte and Daniela Hahn, 239-250. Munich: Wilhelm Fink.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa 2014. “Melodrama, Emotion, and Environmental Advocacy: A Cognitive Approach to Erin Brockovich.” Melodrama, edited by Julia Straub and Gabriele Rippl. Special Issue of Anglia: Journal of English Philology. 132(2): 292-309.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Science Fiction and the Risks of the Anthropocene: Anticipated Transformations in Dale Pendell’s The Great Bay.Environmental Humanities 5: 203-216.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Love in the Times of Ecocide: Eco-Trauma and Comic Relief in Andrew Stanton’s WALL-E.”  In Eco-Trauma Cinema, edited by Anil Narine, 164-178. London and New York: Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Introduction: Ecocritical Film Studies and the Effects of Affect, Emotion, and Cognition.”  In Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film, edited by Alexa Weik von Mossner, 1-19. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Emotions of Consequence? Viewing Eco-Documentaries from a Cognitive Perspective.” In Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film, edited by Alexa Weik von Mossner, 41-60. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Weik von Mossner, Alexa and Sylvia Mayer. 2014. “The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Introduction.” In The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture, edited by Sylvia Mayer and Alexa Weik von Mossner, 7-18. Heidelberg: Winter.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “The Stuff of Fear: Emotions, Ethics, and the Materiality of Nuclear Risk in Silkwood and The China Syndrome.”  In The Anticipation of Disaster: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture, eds. Sylvia Mayer and Alexa Weik von Mossner, 101-117. Heidelberg: Winter.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “The End of Life as We Knew It: Material Nature and the American Family in Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Last Survivors Series.” In Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature, edited by Brett Josef Grubisic, Tara Lee, and Gisèle Baxter, 149-64. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Disasters Foretold: Imaging Climate Catastrophe in Six Degrees Could Change the World.”   In Disaster as Image: Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia, edited by Monica Juneja and Gerrit Jasper Schenk, 157-64. Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Umwelt und Utopie in der Populärkultur.” In Perspektiven Gesellschaftlicher Innovation, edited by Peter Sprinkart,  Klaus Sailer, Markus Hipp, and Peter Dürr. Regensburg: Walhalla.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013. “Encountering the Sahara: Embodiment, Emotion, and Material Agency in Paul Bowles’s The Sheltering Sky. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20 (2): 219-238.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013. “Troubling Spaces: Ecological Risk, Narrative Framing, and Emotional Engagement in Franny Armstrong’s The Age of Stupid.” Ecology and Emotion, edited by Mick Smith. Special Issue of Emotion, Space and Society 6 (1): 108-116.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013. “Hope in Dark Times: Climate Change and the World Risk Society in Saci Lloyd’s The Carbon Diaries 2015 and 2017.” In Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New Teenagers, edited by Carrie Hintz, Balaka Basu, and Katherine A. Broad, 69-83. New York and London: Routledge.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “Visceralizing Ecocide in Science Fiction Films: The Road and Hell.”  The Invention of Eco-Futures: Ecocriticism and Science Fiction, edited by Ursula Heise. Special Issue of Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture, and Environment 3 (2): 42-56.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “Facing The Day After Tomorrow: Filmed Disaster, Emotional Engagement, and Climate Risk Perception.”  In American Environments: Climate–Cultures–Catastrophe, edited by Christof Mauch and Sylvia Mayer, 97-115. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “Confronting The Stone Face: The Critical Cosmopolitanism of William Gardner Smith.” African American Review 45 (1-2): 167-182.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “Rising Waters: Submersion and Survival in Yung Chung’s Up the Yangtze.”  On Water: Perceptions, Politics, Perils, edited by Marc Landry and Agnes Kneitz. Special Issue of RCC Perspectives 2: 12-17.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa and Christoph Irmscher. 2012. “Dislocations and Ecologies: An Introduction.” In Dislocations and Ecologies, edited by Alexa Weik von Mossner and Christoph Irmscher. Special Issue of EJES: European Journal of English Studies 16 (2): 91-97.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “The Human Face of Global Warming: Varieties of Eco-Cosmopolitanism in Climate Change Documentaries.”  In Ecocriticism in English Studies, edited by Carmen Flys Junquera and Juan Ignacio Oliva. Special Issue of Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 64: 145-160.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “The Uses and Hazards of Expatriation: Richard Wright’s Cosmopolitanism in Process.” Reprint. In Philosophical Meditations on Richard Wright, edited by James B. Haile, 121-139.Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2011. “Reframing Katrina: The Color of Disaster in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke.” Coloring the Environmental Lens: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cinema, New Media, and Just Sustainability, edited by Salma Monani, Belinda Chiu, and Carlo Arreglo. Special Issue of Environmental Communication 2 (5): 146-165.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2010. “Of Sweatshops and Cyclones: Cultural Memory and Postcolonial Ecology in Lindsey Collen’s There Is a Tide.” In Ecocriticism, edited by Astrid Bracke and Marguerite Corporaal. Special Issue of English Studies 91.7 (November): 761-775.

Weik, Alexa. 2010. “From the Great Plains to the Red Apple Country: Identity and Ecology in Zitkala-Ša’s American Indian Stories.” In Performing the Self, edited by Didier Maillat and Karen Junod. SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 24, 47-59.Tübingen: Narr.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2009. “Mysteries of the Mountain: Environmental Racism and Political Action in Percival Everett’s Watershed.” Ecocriticism, edited by Scott Slovic and Ufuk Özdağ. Special Issue of Journal of American Studies of Turkey 30 (Fall): 73-88.

Weik, Alexa. 2008. “The Wandering Woman: The Challenges of Cosmopolitanism in Kay Boyle’s Early Novels.” In Kay Boyle for the 21st Century: New Essays, edited by Thomas Austenfeld, 151-168. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

Weik, Alexa. 2007. “The Uses and Hazards of Expatriation: Richard Wright’s Cosmopolitanism in Process.”  African American Review 41 (3): 459-75.

Weik, Alexa. 2006. “The Home, the Tide, and the World: Eco-Cosmopolitan Encounters in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide.” The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, 13(2) – 14(1): 120-142.

ENCYCLOPEDIC ENTRIES

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013.Song of Solomon. By Toni Morrison.” Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature, eds. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones, 226-28. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013. “Marnie Mueller.” In Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature, eds. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones, 230. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013.Green Fires: a Novel of the Ecuadorian Rainforest.  By Marnie Mueller.” In Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature. Eds. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. Jefferson: McFarland. 230-32.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2009. Last of the Conquerors. By William Gardner Smith.” In The Literary Encyclopedia, eds. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, and Janet Todd.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2009.The Stone Face. By William Gardner Smith”.  In The Literary Encyclopedia, eds. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, and Janet Todd.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2008. “Smith, William Gardner.” In The Literary Encyclopedia, eds. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, and Janet Todd.

BOOK REVIEWS AND REVIEW ARTICLES

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2016. Review of Karen L. Kilcup, Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Women’s Environmental Writing, 1781-1924. Amerikastudien/American Studies 61(4).

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2013. Review of Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches. Eds. Axel Goodbody and Kate Rigby (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2011).  Anglia: Journal of English Philology 131 (2-3): 457-462.

Weik, Alexa. 2010. “Ecocriticism in Switzerland.”  Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 1 (1): 178-184.

MAGAZINE ARTICLES

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2014. “Cinematic Landscapes: Narrating the Louisiana Bayous in Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Topos 88: The Narrative of Landscape. 64-67.

Weik von Mossner, Alexa. 2012. “Angst vor der Sonne: Der Film Hell erzählt von einer zerstörten Welt.” Kultur & Technik: Das Magazin aus dem Deutschen Museum 2: 26-31.