‘This mystery and nightmare of imagination’: A review of the use of spirits, ghosts, and aliens in Antarctic imaginative writing.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
As a comparatively unknown space, the Antarctic has provided centuries of writers with the opportunity to tell stories involving ‘otherly presences’ – spirits, ghosts, and aliens. This review examines eleven texts, covering a range of periods, forms, and cultures, from Coleridge’s 1798 poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, to a Russian novel written during the Cold War, to a 2008 American short story. The review examines the nature of the otherly presences in the texts and explores the representations of the Antarctic encoded within them. It then shows how a wider discussion about the nature of knowledge arises from this interaction, in particular debates about objective versus subjective knowledge and the question of dangerous knowledge.
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