Polar Environmental Discourses: Film, Politics, and Oil in the Anthropocene
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Taken from a book project titled Polar Aesthetics in the Anthropocene: Imagining Climate, Lisa Bloom brings together issues in critical climate change scholarship to examine aspects of feminist and environmentalist polar art in the work of Brenda Longfellow. Focusing on oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic, this paper invites us to think about how conventional narratives about oil production and consumption, science, gender, and race, as well as attitudes towards nature, technology, and the wilderness are being reimagined through interactive documentaries in the early 21st century.
Lisa Bloom is the author of Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), the first critical book on the Arctic and Antarctic in the US written from a feminist and postcolonial perspective. Her other books include an edited anthology titled With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture (University of Minnesota Press,1999) and Jewish Identities in U.S. Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity. (Routledge, London, 2006). She is currently a Research Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA. Her forthcoming book is titled: Imagining Climate: Art and Visual Culture of the Polar Regions in the Anthropocene.