Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris

Landscape and Space

Editors: Godfrey, Emelyne (Ed.)

  • Examines the work of two of the best known dys/utopian writers of the nineteenth century
  • Speaks to the current critical interest in spatial studies
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach, covering literary criticism and social history
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About this book

This book is about the fiercely contrasting visions of two of the nineteenth century’s greatest utopian writers. A wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study, it emphasizes that space is a key factor in utopian fiction, often a barometer of mankind’s successful relationship with nature, or an indicator of danger. Emerging and critically acclaimed scholars consider the legacy of two great utopian writers, exploring their use of space and time in the creation of sites in which contemporary social concerns are investigated and reordered. A variety of locations is featured, including Morris’s quasi-fourteenth century London, the lush and corrupted island, a routed and massacred English countryside, the high-rises of the future and the vertiginous landscape of another Earth beyond the stars.

About the authors

Emelyne Godfrey is Publicity Officer of the H.G. Wells Society. She graduated with a PhD from Birkbeck College in 2008 and is author of Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society: From Dagger-Fans to Suffragettes (2012) and Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature (2010), published by Palgrave Macmillan. In 2014 she edited The Convert, the first suffragette novel, originally published in 1907.

Reviews

“This collection of essays highlights and interrogates the differences between Wells’s and Morris’s respective worldviews, but it also approaches their own interdisciplinary visions through a variety of methodologies. … the breadth and variety of approaches in Godfrey’s collection are commendable. Because methodological scope is so broad, each major section is curated thoughtfully and manageably. … the collection surveys with depth and interest the influence of both writers on each other, on their environments, and on scholarship and post-nineteenth-century fiction.” (Kameron Sanzo, The British Society for Literature and Science, bsls.ac.uk, July, 2017)


“Some outstanding work on utopias and dystopias, on Morris, Wells and others, is collected here: of the books I've read on utopias in recent years, this is one of the very best.” (Simon J. James, Durham University, UK)

“Emelyne Godfrey has curated a fascinating collection of insights into the work of two of Britain's most innovative writers - offering food for thought for all storytellers. The book explores the two great themes that powered their storytelling: Utopia and Dystopia- and how they used the possibilities of fictional realms to question the status quo. But it also reveals that, while they had a common interest in Britain's woes, their emerging creative, social and professional rivalry gave them very different ideas about how to make the world a better place, whilst shaping their work. This evocative book pieces together the secrets of their world building, offering a glimpse into their creative mindset and how they breathed life into their fascination with the world around them- through stories and ideas that still resonate today.” (Andy Hall, Documentary Producer)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Tomatoes and Cucumbers

    Godfrey, Emelyne

    Pages 1-32

  • Setting the Scene

    Sherborne, Michael

    Pages 33-39

  • Imaginary Hindsight: Contemporary History in William Morris and H.G. Wells

    Kingstone, Helen

    Pages 43-56

  • Quivers of Idiosyncrasy: Modern Statistics in A Modern Utopia

    Babb, Genie

    Pages 57-73

  • ‘All Good Earthly Things are in Utopia Also’: Familiarity and Irony in the Better Worlds of Morris and Wells

    Carver, Ben

    Pages 75-87

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eBook £53.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-52340-2
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover £67.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-52339-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris
Book Subtitle
Landscape and Space
Editors
  • Emelyne Godfrey
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52340-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52340-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52339-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 282
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