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By Dr Elizabeth Leane

This finished research of literary responses to Antarctica examines the wealthy physique of literature that the continent has provoked over the past 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 some distance south. The continent has additionally encouraged style fiction, together with a turbines and Boon novel, a Phantom comedian and a Biggles booklet, 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 artistic writing. It maps the a ways south as an area of the mind's eye and argues that in simple terms via enticing with this house, as well as the actual continent, do we comprehend present attitudes in the direction of Antarctica.

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45 The far south primarily acts as a remote blank space onto which the concerns of other regions are displaced. Given that, at this stage, Antarctica had not even been sighted, it could hardly have another function. 46 Another factor may have been a growing fascination with far southern latitudes following The Utopian Continent 31 Cook’s voyages of the 1770s. It was also these voyages, however, that finally dispelled the myths of an inhabitable land stretching over much of the southern hemisphere.

Likewise, these patterns span chronological periods, although, as some themes and motifs are more evident in one particular stage of Antarctic encounter than others, there is a rough linearity to the chapters. The first chapter begins by examining early myths and legends surrounding the Antarctic continent. Until recently, creative writers who chose to venture imaginatively into the far south were faced with the task of describing and interpreting a place they had never seen. This was both limiting and liberating: attempts at realism were inevitably second-hand and derivative, reliant as they were on the accounts of explorers, whalers and sealers; but speculation was given free rein.

7 A narrative belonging to the nearby Yanama people is that of Léxuwa, an ibis-woman who, mistaken for a sign of spring, summoned up a sudden snowstorm, heavy frost and ice which continued for months until ice covered the whole earth. 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.

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