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Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century

Stephanie LeMenager


This book is a work of environmental cultural studies that engages with a wide spectrum of cultural forms, from museum exhibits and oil industry tours to poetry, documentary film, fiction, still photography, novels, and memoirs. The book’s unique focus is the aesthetic, sensory, and emotional legacies of petroleum, from its rise to the preeminent modern fossil fuel during World War I through the current era of so-called Tough Oil. LeMenager conceives Tough Oil as a bid for continuity with the charismatic lifestyles of the American twentieth century that carries distinct and extreme external co ... More

Keywords: petroculture, environmental studies, oil, cultural studies, literature, fossil fuels, American studies, aesthetics, commodity regionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199899425
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie LeMenager, author
UC Santa Barbara