Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion

Princeton University Press
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  • erschienen am 6. Oktober 2021
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  • 304 Seiten
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How literature of the British imperial world contended with the social and environmental consequences of industrial mining

The 1830s to the 1930s saw the rise of large-scale industrial mining in the British imperial world. Elizabeth Carolyn Miller examines how literature of this era reckoned with a new vision of civilization where humans are dependent on finite, nonrenewable stores of earthly resources, and traces how the threatening horizon of resource exhaustion worked its way into narrative form.

Britain was the first nation to transition to industry based on fossil fuels, which put its novelists and other writers in the remarkable position of mediating the emergence of extraction-based life. Miller looks at works like Hard Times, The Mill on the Floss, and Sons and Lovers, showing how the provincial realist novel's longstanding reliance on marriage and inheritance plots transforms against the backdrop of exhaustion to withhold the promise of reproductive futurity. She explores how adventure stories like Treasure Island and Heart of Darkness reorient fictional space toward the resource frontier. And she shows how utopian and fantasy works like "Sultana's Dream," The Time Machine, and The Hobbit offer imaginative ways of envisioning energy beyond extractivism.

This illuminating book reveals how an era marked by violent mineral resource rushes gave rise to literary forms and genres that extend extractivism as a mode of environmental understanding.

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De Gruyter
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Elizabeth Carolyn Miller is professor of English at the University California, Davis. She is the author of Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture and Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle. Twitter @ecmille1
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Drill, Baby, Drill: Extraction Ecologies, Futurity, and the Provincial Realist Novel
  • "Mine-Ridden": Nostromo
  • "The Red Deeps, Where the Buried Joy Seemed Still to Hover": The Mill on the Floss
  • "To Teem with Life": Jane Rutherford: or, The Miners' Strike
  • "Country of the Old Pits": Hard Times
  • "The Habit of the Mine": Sons and Lovers
  • Chapter 2. Down and Out: Adventure Narrative, Extraction, and the Resource Frontier
  • "A Great Neighbourhood for Gold-Mines": Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands
  • "A Mine of Suggestion": Treasure Island
  • "The Secret Stores of the Empire": Montezuma's Daughter
  • "Trading, Hunting, Fighting, or Mining": King Solomon's Mines
  • "To Tear Treasure Out of the Bowels of the Land": Heart of Darkness
  • Chapter 3. Worldbuilding Meets Terraforming: Energy, Extraction, and Speculative Fiction
  • "Natural Energetic Agencies": The Coming Race
  • "We Do Not Fight for a Piece of Diamond": "Sultana's Dream"
  • "A Man from Another Planet": News from Nowhere
  • "Unpleasant Creatures from Below": The Time Machine
  • "Riddles in the Dark": The Hobbit
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

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