History and the 19th-Century Petroleum Narrative

Jamie L. Jones

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jamie L. Jones in an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University.  Her work on American culture and the environmental humanities has been published in American Art, Configurations, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New York Times. She is writing a book about the cultural afterlife of the U.S. whaling industry.


In the mid-nineteenth century, as the nascent U.S. petroleum industry boomed in the Oil Regions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the new genre of the petroleum narrative emerged in reports from the oilfields. This paper... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jamie L. Jones (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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P26 » Roundtable: C19 Energy Humanities (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Fiesta I-II)

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