Fearing an Inhuman(e) Future: The Unliterary or Illiterate Dystopia of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

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Fearing an Inhuman(e) Future: The Unliterary or Illiterate Dystopia of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

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Title: Fearing an Inhuman(e) Future: The Unliterary or Illiterate Dystopia of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Author: Burgmann, Mark J.
Advisor: Finley, C. Stephen
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Though not necessarily recognized as a major canonical work of English literature, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World is the paradigm of the modern social satire. The novel, a combination of dystopia, satire, science fiction and perhaps more, is set in the distant yet horrifyingly familiar future of A.F. 632 (Year of our Ford). In this time, Huxley depicts a supposed utopian world free of problems. Nevertheless, the novel also shows how this modern human society’s elimination of problems eliminates its humanity. My thesis specifically focuses on the elimination of humanity as manifested in the lack of literature and literacy throughout the novel. Huxley’s use of allusion and parody, almost Joycean, to other great literature of the past sets his novel apart from others like it and makes the work truly universal and lasting.
Subject: Literacy in literature
Subject: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963. Brave new world
Subject: Dystopias in literature
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3612

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Burgmann, Mark J.. "Fearing an Inhuman(e) Future: The Unliterary or Illiterate Dystopia of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3612.

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