By Dr Elizabeth Leane
This accomplished research of literary responses to Antarctica examines the wealthy physique of literature that the continent has provoked during the last 3 centuries, focussing relatively on narrative fiction. Novelists such Edgar Allan Poe, James Fenimore Cooper, Jules Verne, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula Le Guin, Beryl Bainbridge and Kim Stanley Robinson have all been drawn artistically to the a ways south. The continent has additionally encouraged style fiction, together with a turbines and Boon novel, a Phantom comedian and a Biggles e-book, in addition to numerous lost-race romances, espionage thrillers and horror-fantasies. Antarctica in Fiction attracts on those resources, in addition to movie, shuttle narratives and explorers' personal inventive writing. It maps the a ways south as an area of the mind's eye and argues that simply by way of enticing with this house, as well as the actual continent, will we comprehend present attitudes in the direction of Antarctica.
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E. â•›. â•›. â•›. â•›. 11 Unsurprisingly, Maori people living in the southern parts of Aeteoroa (New Zealand) have similar narrative traditions. Ken McAnergney Â�contextualizes his own flight to Antarctica within the accounts passed down by his Stewart Island ancestors. McAnergney recounts diverse myths of the southern lights, tales of a ‘god-like ancestor’ who travelled Beginnings 25 into the southern ocean following the ‘great sacred whale’, and stories of the creation of ‘crags of ice’ and a ‘smoking mountain’.
29 It makes little sense, then, to cite the Great Southern Land as a conceptual prototype for either Australia or AntarcticaÂ€alone. It makes no more sense to claim that early fictional representations of this landmass are ‘set’ in one continent or the other. â•‡ World map from Joseph Hall’s Mundus alter et idem (Vltraiecti (Utrecht): Apud Joannem à Waesberge, 1643). Image courtesy of the Rare Books Collection, State Library of Victoria. The artist is Pieter van den Keere. example of preexploration Antarctic fiction’,31 but the categorization needs to be applied with caution.
This chapter examines the literary input and output of Antarctic explorers themselves, analysing why and what they read, how they represented themselves in their poetry and short stories and the uses they made of communal activities such as drama and newspaper production. For men deprived of many other ordinary comforts, literature became a necessity. One of the strongest impulses in writing about Antarctica is the desire to present the journey south as a transformative one. Antarctica becomes a state of mind, a space of inner as much as outer exploration.
Antarctica in Fiction: Imaginative Narratives of the Far South by Dr Elizabeth Leane