Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A "silk-shot" voice: Constructing social history in the future-bound novels of H.G. Wells
by Moss, Sophie, M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 2014, 67; 1571640
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kuiken, Kir
Commitee: Craig, Randall, Lilley, James
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Humanistic Studies
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
Publication Number: 1571640
ISBN: 978-1-321-43496-5
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