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From the Publisher"As this intriguing book makes clear, from Texas to Alberta we're an oil-soaked continent. That oil has gotten into our brains and done much to make us who we are-it's very useful to recognize that, so we can maybe do something about getting beyond it."
—Bill McKibben, author Oil and Honey: The Education of An Unlikely Activist
"An impressively researched, eloquently written critical-historical account of the seductive fascinations and cultural politics of petroculture's stranglehold on bodies, minds, imaginations, and communities during the past century, in North America and throughout the rest of the world. LeMenager's combination of analytical sophistication and narrative flair makes Living Oil a breakthrough accomplishment for the new environmental criticism."
—Lawrence Buell, author of The Future of Environmental Criticism
"Gracefully written, poignant, and fiercely intelligent, Living Oil reveals the centrality of petroculture to American modernity. LeMenager's synthetic brilliance across a wide range of genres and discourses not only demonstrates how profoundly oil has shaped contemporary culture, but offers us the possibility of genuine change. This is an invaluable book."
—Paul Outka, author of Race and Nature from Transcendentalism to the Harlem Renaissance
"The first great study of the complex cultural politics of the petroleum era, Stephanie LeMenager's Living Oil hums with critical energy. Moving effortlessly between memoir, literary study, testimony, travel writing, and social and political criticism, Living Oil can confidently take its place amongst the very best work in cultural studies being produced today."
—Imre Szeman, co-author of After Globalization