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Fictionalizing Antarctica


Leane, E, Fictionalizing Antarctica, Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica, Edward Elgar, Dodds K, Hemmings A D and Roberts P (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 21-36. ISBN 9781784717674 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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In late 2004, bestselling novelist Michael Crichton published State of Fear, a thriller in which eco-terrorists manufacture environmental disasters - including the deliberate fracturing of the Ross Ice Shelf by explosives- in order to maintain alarm over global warming and hence ensure continued funding to environmental organisations. While only one of the novel's seven sections is set in Antarctica, the continent - and more particularly, whether and why its ice is melting- features frequently in the footnotes, graphs and bibliography that Crichton added (unusually) to his popular thriller. Despite mixed critical reviews, only a week after publication Crichton's novel had 'stirred intense reactions ... from people at every corner of the debate about climate change'.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Antarctica, politics
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary Studies
Research Field:Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and Literature
Author:Leane, E (Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane)
ID Code:106413
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-02-10
Last Modified:2018-02-14

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