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The News at the Ends of the Earth


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Chronology xi
Preface: Books on Ice xv
Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction. Polar Ecomedia 1
1. Extreme Printing 43
2. Arctic News 91
3. Antarctic Imprints 138
4. Dead Letter Reckoning 177
5. Inuit Knowledge and Charles Francis Hall 209
Conclusion. Matters of Life and Death 231
Notes 237
Bibliography 273
Index 291

About the Author

Hester Blum is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, author of The View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives, and editor of Turns of Event: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies in Motion and Horrors of Slavery: Or, The American Tars in Tripoli.


"The News at the Ends of the Earth is a fine-grained register of the ebb and flow of a printophilic century, from Ross to Shackleton. While mindful of the minor variations over the decades, Blum marvelously conveys that fantastic, phantasmatically preserved shipbound conversation, a dilated and heterogeneous house party." -- John Plotz * Public Books *
"An intricately layered, richly illustrated examination of shipboard newspapers (printed and handwritten), playbills, and other media produced by expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic regions between 1818 and 1914. . . . The book speaks to the human imperative to communicate, even under extremely hostile conditions. . . . Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." -- J. Bekken * Choice *
"Superb. . . . As the Anthropocene continues to develop, Blum's concern with the media and narratives we might use to represent the planet's predicament is of interest not only to scholars of printing and the polar regions, but also to a general reader." -- Nancy Campbell * TLS *
"Blum's book is a lively and enjoyable account of a fascinating historical period and its practices-but it is also vitally relevant for our current moment." -- Carie Lyn Schneider * Edge Effects *

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