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Coal: Nature and Culture


Crane, RJ, Coal: Nature and Culture, Reaktion Books, London, UK, pp. 224. ISBN 9781789143676 (2021) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2021 Ralph Crane. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers.


While concerns about climate change have focused negative attention on the coal industry in recent years, as descendants of the industrial revolution we have all benefitted from the mining of the black seam. Coal has significantly influenced the course of human history and our social and natural environments. This book takes readers on a journey through the extraordinary artistic responses to coal, from its role in the works of writers such as Émile Zola, D. H. Lawrence, and George Orwell; to the way it inspired the work of painters, including J. M. W. Turner, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh; to the place of coal in film, song, and folklore; as well as the surprising allure of coal tourism. Strikingly illustrated, Coal provides engaging and informative insight into the myriad ways coal has affected our lives.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:coal, nature, culture, earth
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Environment and culture
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Crane, RJ (Professor Ralph Crane)
ID Code:149442
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2022-03-30
Last Modified:2022-06-09

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