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Utopian Literature and Science : From the Scientific Revolution to Brave New World and Beyond

By: Parrinder, Patrick.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015Description: 1 online resource (233 p.).ISBN: 9781137456786.Subject(s): Literature and science | Science fiction -- History and criticism | Utopias in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Utopian Literature and Science : From the Scientific Revolution to Brave New World and BeyondDDC classification: 809/.93356 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- Part I: Sciences of Observation and Intervention -- 2 Beyond the Telescope: From Astronomy to (Dystopian) Fiction -- 3 A Sylph under the Microscope: Science and Romance -- 4 Satanism and Genetics: Haldane's Daedalus and Its Begetters -- Part II: The Human Animal -- 5 Eugenics, Utopia, Eudemonics: Bellamy, Galton and Morris -- 6 Strains of the Non-Human: The Coming Race, Erewhon, A Crystal Age -- 7 Gorilla Warfare: Darwin, Freud and the Stone Age Romance -- 8 From Human to Animal: Wells and Kafka
Part III: Modern Utopias and Post-Human Worlds -- 9 War Is Peace: Conscription and Mobilisation in the Modern Utopia -- 10 Towards the Singularity? Capek's R.U.R. and Its Times -- 11 Olaf Stapledon and the Shape of Things to Come -- 12 The Expulsion of the Poets -- Notes -- Bibliography of Secondary Sources -- Index
Summary: Scientific progress is usually seen as a precondition of modern utopias, but science and utopia are frequently at odds. Ranging from Galileo's observations with the telescope to current ideas of the post-human and the human-animal boundary, this study brings a fresh perspective to the paradoxes of utopian thinking since Plato.
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Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- Part I: Sciences of Observation and Intervention -- 2 Beyond the Telescope: From Astronomy to (Dystopian) Fiction -- 3 A Sylph under the Microscope: Science and Romance -- 4 Satanism and Genetics: Haldane's Daedalus and Its Begetters -- Part II: The Human Animal -- 5 Eugenics, Utopia, Eudemonics: Bellamy, Galton and Morris -- 6 Strains of the Non-Human: The Coming Race, Erewhon, A Crystal Age -- 7 Gorilla Warfare: Darwin, Freud and the Stone Age Romance -- 8 From Human to Animal: Wells and Kafka

Part III: Modern Utopias and Post-Human Worlds -- 9 War Is Peace: Conscription and Mobilisation in the Modern Utopia -- 10 Towards the Singularity? Capek's R.U.R. and Its Times -- 11 Olaf Stapledon and the Shape of Things to Come -- 12 The Expulsion of the Poets -- Notes -- Bibliography of Secondary Sources -- Index

Scientific progress is usually seen as a precondition of modern utopias, but science and utopia are frequently at odds. Ranging from Galileo's observations with the telescope to current ideas of the post-human and the human-animal boundary, this study brings a fresh perspective to the paradoxes of utopian thinking since Plato.

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<p>Patrick Parrinder is a leading authority on H.G Wells and his book Shadows of the Future won the 1996 University of California Eaton Award. He is author of Nation and Novel (2006) and General Editor of the ongoing 12-volume Oxford History of the Novel in English. A Fellow of the English Association, he is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Reading.</p>

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