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 therefore an excellent position for checking out the bounds of bio-political administration of inhabitants and position, this booklet remaps nationwide and postcolonial tools and gives a brand new glance on a 'forgotten' continent now the point of interest of ecological crisis.

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British, French, Russian, and American expeditions vied for geographic and scientific knowledge of the last continent. Reading Scott’s narratives, one finds that this continent, seven times the size of Texas, was seemingly so crowded that the explorers inevitably sighted (cited), intersected with, and traced each others’ paths in the ice. Paradoxically, in this most extreme wilderness on earth, explorers relied upon and expected to encounter the marks of other human beings, and the sighting and supersession of the marks of previous explorers were duly reported in expedition journals.

It is a water zone, what is often considered a natural demarcation of flows of temperature, seasonal shifts, and fauna and flora. The longitude and latitude of the grid, on the other hand, derives from the earth’s axis, a geophysical referent that does not change, even if the surface of earth does shift as it orbits. The rigidity of latitude and longitude vis-a-vis the movement of earth’s crust necessitates the periodic recalculation and replacement of the South Pole marker on the ice surface. Even more, it marks the skewing of the grid.

20 A N TA R C T I C A A S C U LT U R A L C R I T I Q U E While narratives from official Antarctic exploration focused on the men, techniques, and hardships of polar exploration, Le Guin’s fantasy raises issues about feminist historical revisionism. —projects, as Scott put it, “very different circumstances” onto Antarctic exploration (Scott 1913). While Scott originally used this phrase to reference his disappointment at his belated arrival at the pole, “very different circumstances” opens up for Le Guin a broader arena of competing, multiple histories for any single event.

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