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Fictionalizing Antarctica


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

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Copyright 2017 Klaus Dodds, Alan D. Hemmings and Peder Roberts

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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'. In what follows, I offer some ways to begin thinking about the relationship between fiction, politics and Antarctica, both in the abstract and in regard to specific traditions, texts and genres.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Antarctica, politics, climate change skepticism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literary studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
ID Code:106413
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-02-10
Last Modified:2018-04-27

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