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Utopian Literature and Science

From the Scientific Revolution to Brave New World and Beyond

Authors: Parrinder, Patrick

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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.

About the authors

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.

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“This book presents an always absorbing clutch of essays, full of illumination and interesting sidelights on the utopian tradition, from which every reader will learn something new.” (Roger Luckhurst, English Literature in Transition, Vol. 60 (3), 2017) 

“From Martians and moon-men to utopian inhabitants of a variety of species, Patrick Parrinder’s monograph is rich in the early history of speculative writing. The book is particularly notable for showing the centrality of science fictional utopian speculation to the mainstream of Western imagination from Kepler, Bruno and Galileo through to the mid-twentieth century. … In reframing the historical relationship between utopian thinking and science, Parrinder also offers important challenges to the scholarly community of utopian studies.” (Adam Stock, Review of English Studies, Vol. 67 (281), September, 2016)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Parrinder, Patrick

    Pages 1-20

  • Beyond the Telescope: From Astronomy to (Dystopian) Fiction

    Parrinder, Patrick

    Pages 23-36

  • A Sylph under the Microscope: Science and Romance

    Parrinder, Patrick

    Pages 37-50

  • Satanism and Genetics: Haldane’s Daedalus and Its Begetters

    Parrinder, Patrick

    Pages 51-63

  • Eugenics, Utopia, Eudemonics: Bellamy, Galton and Morris

    Parrinder, Patrick

    Pages 67-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Utopian Literature and Science
Book Subtitle
From the Scientific Revolution to Brave New World and Beyond
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45678-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137456786
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45677-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 222
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