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"Club Antarctique" is a term often used to refer to artists (almost always authors, poets and dramatists) whose work is considered to be typically "Antarctic" in style. Though the term was first used in the 1920s to describe a specific group of writers centered on T. X. Thompson; it has more recently grown to include authors from all periods of the continent's history, from Sir Howard V. Lester in the 19th Century to modern novelist Ray Lebedev.
In the mid 1920s, a small group of writers and other artists centered on Eduardan poet Thompson X. Thompson began to meet regularly, and often advertized each other's work whenever they had the opportunity. They became known as the "Club Antarctique", and the term became commonly used to refer to many different Antarctic artists.
Criticism of the Club
Janice Chisholm, professor of Literature at the University of Quaoar and an Antarctic native, has openly critisised the Club, claiming that Antarctica's artistic community is biased against indigenous artists, and several of the Club's members have produced "racist" works.
Extensive criticism of the Club has come from non-Anglophone regions of Antarctica, particularly from Bellinsgauzenia, Maudland, Santiago and Kerguelen. The vast majority of members have written mostly in English, and it is alleged that foreign-language artists are not given due consideration.
Mary Abraham, the highest-selling author in Antarctic history, was famously decried by many critics as being too "American" in her literary style, and is therefore often considered to be 'separate' from the "Club"; despite being a native of New Devon and writing almost exclusively about Antarctic settings. Abraham had studied at Stanford University, in California, and was a great fan of American literature. Her first (and most successful) novel, The Railway drew heavily on the American novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and much of her later work was also considered "American" rather than "Antarctic" by several critics.
This list covers only artists who are almost universally considered to be "Club Antarctique" members.
- Stanley Dustin
- Ernest Hopewell
- Ray Lebedev
- Sir Howard V. Lester
- Nazar Popov
- J. T. P. Smith
- Thompson X. Thompson
- Samson and Martha Jowett, husband and wife, photographers
- Fabrice Charles Bellerose, landscape artist
- Gabriela Hierro, dancer)
- A. K. Olivander, fauvist painter, the "Color of Antarctica"
- Lazarus Gil'rall, pianist and composer, one of the only musical members of the Club.