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Fictionalizing Antarctica

Leane, E ORCID: 0000-0002-7954-6529 2017 , 'Fictionalizing Antarctica', in K Dodds and AD Hemmings and P Roberts (eds.), Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica , Edward Elgar, United Kingdom, pp. 21-36.

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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 Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Leane, E
Keywords: Antarctica, politics, climate change skepticism
Publisher: Edward Elgar
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Copyright 2017 Klaus Dodds, Alan D. Hemmings and Peder Roberts

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