The End of The Heroic Illusion: How Three Generations of Women Writers Have Changed the Literature of Antarctica.


The author posits three key phases in the development of women’s non-fiction writing about Antarctica: the pre-feminist, feminist and post-masculinist. Representative literature from each phase is examined. The author concludes that women’s relatively recent physical presence in Antarctica has allowed for the creation of a transformative literature which has significantly challenged the dominant masculine narratives that emerged from Antarctica’s heroic age, and firmly established women as literary and political citizens of this once all-male landscape.


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