Stephanie LeMenager is Moore Endowed Professor of English at the University of Oregon.
The book is a leisurely road trip through twentieth-century US media and culture, and LeMenager's goal * 'to consider how the story of petroleum has come to play a foundational role in the American imagination and therefore in the future of life on earth' * Not only does Living Oil take on the super wicked problem of oil with candor, humor, theoretical depth, historical precision, and a rare blend of critical ambition and down-to-earthness, but the book fashions a type of scholarship that is beautifully adapted to the subject: as heteroglossic and bioregionally situated as oil industry self-representations are monoglossic and disembodied; as deeply invested in nimble realism, self-questioning, dialogue, and cultural resilience as post-oil narratives are (frequently) mired in grim certainties and despair. The first 'petrocritical' monograph written from an ecocritical standpoint, Living Oil sets a high bar for future scholars. * The Goose * [LeMenager] takes an experimental, avowedly essayistic and often intensely personal approach to her subject. This accounts for many of the book's considerable strengths.... * Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism *