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Author LeMenager, Stephanie, 1968- author.

Title Living oil : petroleum culture in the American century / Stephanie LeMenager.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.


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Description xi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Series Oxford studies in American literary history
Oxford studies in American literary history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-246) and index.
Contents Introduction: Ultradeep, petroleum culture in the American century -- Origins, spills -- The aesthetics of petroleum -- Petromelancholia -- The petroleum archive.
Summary Living Oil is a work of environmental cultural studies that engages with a wide spectrum of cultural forms, from museum exhibits and oil industry tours to poetry, documentary film, fiction, still photography, novels and memoirs. The book's unique focus is the aesthetic, sensory, and emotional legacies of petroleum, from its rise to the pre-eminent modern fossil fuel during World War I through the current era of so-called Tough Oil. LeMenager conceives Tough Oil as a bid for continuity with the charismatic lifestyles of the American twentieth century that carries distinct and extreme external costs. She explores the uncomfortable, mixed feelings produced by oil's omnipresence in cultural artifacts such as books, films, hamburgers, and Aspirin tablets. The book makes a strong argument for the region as a vital intellectual frame for the study of fossil fuels, because at the regional level we can better recognize the material effects of petroleum on the day-to-day lives of humans and other, non-human lives. Varied forms of art, too, localize the material impacts of petro-culture. The fluid mobility of oil carries the book outside the United States, for instance to Alberta and Nigeria, emphasizing how both international and domestic resource regions have been mined to produce the idealized modern cultures of the so-called American Century.
Subject American literature -- History and criticism.
Petroleum industry and trade -- United States.
Environmental protection in literature.
Environmental policy in literature.
Petroleum in literature.
Popular culture -- American influences.
American literature. (OCoLC)fst00807113
Ecocriticism. (OCoLC)fst00901428
Environmental policy in literature. (OCoLC)fst00913322
Environmental protection in literature. (OCoLC)fst00913429
Petroleum in literature. (OCoLC)fst01059530
Petroleum industry and trade. (OCoLC)fst01059546
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9780199899425 (hardback : acid-free paper)
0199899428 (hardback : acid-free paper)

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