Literature and Energy

Authored by: Imre Szeman

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138190870
eBook ISBN: 9781315640808
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315640808-22

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Abstract

Energy is a fundamental element of human life. 1 It is what gives societies the capacity to undertake all of the varied activities that occur within them—what, in a word, makes societies and the individuals in them “go,” and not only in a basic, material sense, but socially and culturally, too. To take but one example: energy is required for the modern system of transportation to function; what makes that system “go” is not only the raw stuff of fossil fuels (and, to a much lesser degree, electricity), but also the ideas and ideals driving everything from global trade to individual mobility—the “freedoms” associated with neoliberal economics and the ability to travel when and where one wants. 2

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