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Author Gordon, Jon, 1979- author

Title Unsustainable oil : facts, counterfacts and fictions / Jon Gordon
Edition First electronic edition, 2015
Published Edmonton, Alberta, Canada : The University of Alberta Press, 2015
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Contents Prologue : Fast Food Vacation -- Introduction : Unsustainable Rhetoric -- 1 Lyric Oil : Re-presenting Fossil Fuels As a Cultural By-Product -- 2 Oil Sacrifices : Petroculture and (E)utopian Imaginings of Progress -- 3 Impossible Choices : Fort Mac and Oil as a "Matter of Concern" -- 4 Irrational Oil : Ethos, Extraction!, Elder Brother, and Free Speech -- 5 Pipeline Facts, Poetic Counterfacts : Metaphor and Self-Deception in a Bitumen Nation -- 6 Oil Desires : Appetites and Fast Violence in the Bituminous Sands -- Conclusion : Living (with) Bitumen -- Epilogue : Whitney Lakes Provincial Park
Summary "Bitumen extraction is the lifeblood of Alberta, and there are many stories about the boom-and-bust economy. But what does literature have to say about the "progress" of petroculture? Jon Gordon maps out a new field of study by examining the relationship between culture and energy extraction, moving towards nuance and away from the entrenched rhetorical positions that currently dominate discussion. His examination of theoretical, political, and environmental issues in this groundbreaking book contribute to our understanding of the culture and the ethics of energy production within the Canadian context. Unsustainable Oil offers readers a chance to consider literature's potential in confronting the hegemony of the oil and gas industry, and will be particularly well-received by scholars and students of Cultural Studies, Literature, Ecocriticism, Energy Humanities, and Indigenous Studies."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Ecocriticism
Environmental protection in literature
Oil sands industry -- Alberta
Environmental protection in literature.
Oil sands industry.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1772120367
9781772120981 (epub)
9781772120998 (kindle)
9781772121001 (pdf)