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Antarctica and the Traumatic Sublime

Price, J (2017) Antarctica and the Traumatic Sublime. Environment, Space, Place, 9 (1). pp. 70-93. ISSN 2068-9616

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Abstract

Antartica has long been associated with the sublime and it has also been imagined as the site of catastrophe - of both the deaths of early explorers and as a current indicator of global warming. This essay examines how trauma is a structural element of the sublime in accounts and images of Antartica. It focuses on the literary and artistic works of two periods when representation of experience of the continent has ben articulated with discourses of trauma: the "Heroic Age" of Antartic exploration and from the 1009s to the present day. In this latter period writers, photographers and artists have returned to the matrix of the traumatic sublime that the work of explorers suc has R. F. Scott, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and Herbert Ponting created to explore the relationship between humans and the non-human environment and of Antartica to modernity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2021 12:15
Editors: Heidkamp,, CP and Paddock, T
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5473

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