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Oil fiction as risk fiction : inhabiting risk in Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit

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Mayer, Sylvia:
Oil fiction as risk fiction : inhabiting risk in Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit.
In: Green Letters. Vol. 23 (2019) Issue 2 . - pp. 168-178.
ISSN 2168-1414
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14688417.2019.1650660

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This essay discusses Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit as environmental risk narrative. The novel contributes to the literary history of oil in the United States by exploring from a risk perspective an infamous period of Native American history in the 1920s, the catastrophic events that developed from the discovery of oil in Northern Oklahoma’s ‘Indian Territory.’ Reading Mean Spirit as risk narrative provides a specific way of knowing about oil, about its economic, social, and cultural meanings. The novel’s focus on how oil-related risks shape its characters’ lives shows that oil cultures must be regarded as risk cultures in which various risks unfold their shaping power – risks that are voluntarily taken and risks that must involuntarily be endured. Through its focus on risk, Mean Spirit draws attention to the fact that uncertainty and instability have always marked the cultural history of oil in the United States.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair American Studies / Intercultural Anglophone Studies > Chair American Studies / Intercultural Anglophone Studies - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Institute for American Studies - BIFAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature > 810 American literature in English
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 08:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 08:03
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/53236