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Oil Culture

Ross Barrett and Daniel Worden (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689682
eISBN:
9781452949314
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689682.001.0001
Subject:
History, Environmental History

In the 150 years since the birth of the petroleum industry, oil has saturated our culture, fueling our cars and wars, our economy and policies. But just as thoroughly, culture saturates oil. So what ... More


Oil Frontiers: The Niger Delta and the Gulf of Mexico

Michael Watts

in Oil Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689682
eISBN:
9781452949314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689682.003.0010
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter examines the legal, political, and cultural practices that have established the oil frontier as a primary productive realm of global petrocapitalism and a highly tenuous space defined by ... More


Petro-Magic-Realism Revisited: Unimagining and Reimagining the Niger Delta

Jennifer Wenzel

in Oil Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689682
eISBN:
9781452949314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689682.003.0011
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter focuses on Nigerian author Ben Okri’s 1987 short story “What the Tapster Saw” as an illuminating example of petro-magic-realism, a literary mode that arose during the Nigerian oil boom. ... More


Crude Aesthetics: The Politics of Oil Documentaries

Imre Szeman

in Oil Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689682
eISBN:
9781452949314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689682.003.0018
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter examines the difficulties posed by representing petrocapitalism on film and the capacity of the documentary medium to depart from dominant narratives of the oil industry. To this end, it ... More


Oil and Dust: Theorizing Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia

Melanie Doherty

in Oil Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689682
eISBN:
9781452949314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689682.003.0019
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter offers a reading of Reza Negarestani’s 2008 novel Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials as an experimental bricolage of literary and theoretical writing that uses a creative ... More


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