Brave new world, by Aldous Huxley

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Published 2014
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Summary:

This volume of criticism presents a variety of new essays on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World , a classic in the science fiction and dystopian genres. These essays delve into the cultural, historical, comparative and critical contexts for understanding Brave New World . For readers who are studying it for the first time, several essays survey the critical conversation regarding this work from all standard critical perspectives - social, gender, post-modern, psychological, and cultural as well as the more traditional historical and close readings. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is (along with Evgeny Zamyatin's We and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four ) one of the founding texts of the genre of dystopian fiction. Such narratives, involving the exploration of possible dark, oppressive futures, have become one of the most popular genres of contemporary popular culture. Those narratives have recently become extremely common, even in Young Adult fiction. However, the founding texts of the genre remain compelling and continue to set its terms. Of these founding texts, Brave New World is widely acknowledged to be the one whose dystopian future most closely matches the Western world as it has actually evolved since the initial publication of the text more than eighty years ago. The essays in this volume examine the ways in which Brave New World continues to serve as an effective satirical commentary on our own reality, as well as the ways it continues to provide models for the numerous dystopian fictions that are being produced today.

ISBN:
9781619252387
1619252384
Publisher, Date:
Ipswich, Mass : Salem Press, 2014.
Description:
xi, 271 p. ; 24 cm
Notes:
LSC $94.44
Contents:
About this volume ; On Brave new world ; Biography of Aldous Huxley / M. Keith Booker
Huxley's changing homeland : politics and the planned society in Britain, 1906-1931 / Richard Carr
Huxley meets the critics : commentaries on Brave new world / Gerardo Del Guercio
Reading Brave new world through the lens of feminism / Thomas Horan
Portraits, not prophesies : Huxley's and Orwell's dystopian visions / Jackson Ayres
Bolshevism and Brave new world / Gregory Claeys
Aldous Huxley and the twentieth-century eugenics movement / Bradley W. Hart
Maternity as a social construct in Brave new world / Nicole Fares
The burden of science and biology in Brave new world / Josephine A. McQuail
Penitentes at the snake dance : Native Americans in Brave new world / Katherine Toy Miller
Film adaptations of Brave new world / Alexander Charles Oliver Hall
Awakening from 'the nightmare of swarming indistinguishable sameness' : globalization and marginality in Brave new world / Robert Wilson
"'Observe, ' said the director" : Brave new world, surveillance studies, and the dystopian tradition / Sean A. Witters
Postmodernism and the cultural logic of dystopian fiction : Brave new world and M.T. Anderson's Feed / M. Keith Booker.
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