This thesis argues that H.G. Wells' attempts to craft a successful narrative of the predicted future, as viewed through three primary texts (Anticipations, A Modern Utopia and The Shape of Things to Come) are not only trials at the most effective textual platform for his social ideology but also explicit attempts to create a new hybrid literature. The author first embarks on a close reading of Anticipations to analyze Wells' social ideology and his early theory of the role of fiction. Next, the author examines the two later novels, A Modern Utopia and The Shape of Things to Come, reading their forms and content against Anticipations. Using all three texts, the author constructs a theory about Wells' final beliefs regarding the role of literature in education, society, and history.
|Commitee:||Craig, Randall, Lilley, James|
|School:||State University of New York at Albany|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||19th century, A modern utopia, Anticipations, H.g. wells, Science fiction, The shape of things to come|
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