Antarctica as Cultural Critique: The Gendered Politics of by E. Glasberg

By E. Glasberg

Arguing that Antarctica is the main mediated position on the earth and hence an incredible position for trying out the boundaries of bio-political administration of inhabitants and position, this booklet remaps nationwide and postcolonial tools and provides a brand new glance on a 'forgotten' continent now the point of interest of ecological quandary.

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With no indigenous population, no human history, no accessible resources, and no landscape to be apprehended under aesthetic visual regimes,3 Antarctica fails the test of place. How then does one begin to think of this last-discovered and least-known continent as a proper subject of globalization? From Roald Amundsen of Norway and Sir Robert F. ” Once the globe is figured in its totality, in what is now a commonplace of mass-mediated imagery (an isolated sphere hung in celestial space), one way to manage modernity’s gesture of arrival and progress is to imagine the place beyond, to gaze back at an earth left behind.

Equally confusing, then, is the impression that the overlapped subsections of multiple claims are “shared” or common to both national sets, as might be construed from a scan of the map. The inequalities and unevenness of the widely used sector map do not only extend from its depiction of competing claims, but from its very use of the polar projection in relation to plot-point claims. The “slices” of this cake are not all equal because there is one base claim that does not fall within the radar sweep of a sector.

Sur” parodies the genre of the narrative of exploration, as its subtitle, “The Summary Report of the Yelcho Expedition to the Antarctic, 1909–10,” suggests. This report carefully constructs a realistic account of a discovery of the South Pole by a group of nine upper-class, adventure-seeking South American women, who consciously follow the example of the established polar explorers Amundsen, Scott, and Shackleton. With the aid of a secret male benefactor, on pretense of a pleasure cruise, the group sails south from Chile to set up operations at Ross Island on the Antarctic peninsula, previously the base of the Scott expeditions.

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