Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century by Stephanie LeMenagerLiving Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century by Stephanie LeMenager

Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century

byStephanie LeMenager

Paperback | January 15, 2016

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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 emotionallegacies of petroleum, from its rise to the preeminent modern fossil fuel during World War I through the current era of so-called "Tough Oil." LeMenager explores the uncomfortable, mixed feelings produced by oil's omnipresence in cultural artifacts such as books, films, hamburgers, and Aspirintablets. 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. The fluid mobility of oil carries thebook 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.
Stephanie LeMenager is Moore Endowed Professor of English at the University of Oregon.
Title:Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190461977

ISBN - 13:9780190461973


Table of Contents

PrologueIntroduction - Ultradeep, Petroleum Culture in the American Century1. Origins, Spills2. The Aesthetics of Petroleum3. Petromelancholia4. The Petroleum ArchiveEpilogueAppendixNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"The book is a leisurely road trip through twentieth-century US media and culture, and LeMenager's goal--'to consider how the story of petroleum has come to play a foundational role in the American imagination and therefore in the future of life on earth'--is accomplished not only throughlinear argumentation but purposeful meditation. The seepage of fossil fuels into every aspect of our lives suffuses the pages and washes over the reader." --American Quarterly