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The bothersome details of the world: Richard Byrd, little America and the problem of retreat

Badmington, Neil 2017. The bothersome details of the world: Richard Byrd, little America and the problem of retreat. Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4) , pp. 414-429. 10.1080/14797585.2017.1370491

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Abstract

In 1934, Admiral Richard E. Byrd retreated from his crew at the remote Little America encampment in Antarctica to an even more isolated setting: a small underground shack on ‘the dark immensity of the Ross Ice Barrier, on a line between Little America and the South Pole’. Byrd remained there in solitude for a little over four months and later wrote about his ordeal in Alone. This essay considers Byrd’s account alongside his earlier Antarctic writings in order to ask what they reveal about the difficulties of retreating and maintaining critical distance from ‘civilisation’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1479-7585
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 13 August 2017
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/69307

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