April 11, 2012
A conversation with Stanford professor of English Ursula Heise,
director of the Program in Modern Thought & Literature, on extinction.
Outro Music: Glass Wave, "Balena"
Heise received Master's degrees from UC-Santa Barbara and the
University of Cologne in Germany before receiving her PhD from Stanford
University in 1993. She
specializes in contemporary American and European literature and
literary theory; her major fields of interest are theories of
modernization, postmodernization and globalization, ecology and
ecocriticism, literature and science, narrative theory, science
fiction, and media theory. Her publications include articles on
contemporary authors from the US, Latin America and Western Europe. She
is the author of a book on the postmodern novel, Chronoschisms: Time,
Narrative, Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press,1997) and, more
recently, a book on environmentalism, ecocriticism, and globalization,
Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of
the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her most recent book, Nach
der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur [After Nature:
Species Extinction and Modern Culture] came out in Spring 2010 by the
German publisher Suhrkamp. She is currently working on The Avantgarde
and the Forms of Nature, which deals with the role of biological form
in works of the European, Latin American and North American avantgardes
of the twentieth century.
In 2011-12 Ursula Heise will be on leave with a Guggenheim Fellowship, but will return in 2012-13 as Director of the Program in Modern Thought & Literature. Currently she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Program in Science, Technology & Society, and an Affiliated Faculty of the Woods Institute for the Environment.