'Brave New World': Contexts and Legacies by Jonathan Greenberg, Nathan Waddell

By Jonathan Greenberg, Nathan Waddell

This number of essays offers new readings of Huxley’s vintage dystopian satire, Brave New international (1932). best overseas students contemplate from new angles the ancient contexts within which the publication used to be written and the cultural legacies within which it looms huge. the amount affirms Huxley’s prescient evaluations of modernity and his carrying on with relevance to debates approximately political energy, paintings, and the vexed dating among nature and humankind. person chapters discover connections among Brave New World and the character of utopia, the Thirties American Technocracy circulate, schooling and social regulate, excitement, copy, futurology, inter-war periodical networks, motherhood, ethics and the Anthropocene, islands, and the ethical lifestyles. the amount additionally encompasses a ‘Foreword’ written via David Bradshaw, one of many world’s most sensible Huxley students. well timed and always illuminating, this assortment is key interpreting for college kids, critics, and Huxley fans alike.

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Since they are not conformists 26 P. PARRINDER by nature (or rather biotechnology), they are expected to make what the Director of Hatcheries calls a ‘special effort’ to conform (BNW 84). But most apparently fall short, as Mustapha Mond’s cynical observation suggests: ‘“It’s lucky […] that there are such a lot of islands in the world. I don’t know what we should do without them. Put you all in the lethal chamber, I suppose”’ (BNW 201). He then offers Helmholtz a choice of climatic conditions, and Helmholtz memorably asks to be banished to an island with a thoroughly bad climate.

Put you all in the lethal chamber, I suppose”’ (BNW 201). He then offers Helmholtz a choice of climatic conditions, and Helmholtz memorably asks to be banished to an island with a thoroughly bad climate. It will bring more out of him and enable him to write better—a sentiment that the World Controller instantly understands and respects. This, too, tells us something about the nature of the modern utopia. THE MORAL EQUIVALENT OF WAR We saw earlier that there are professional sportsmen and sportswomen in Brave New World and that sport involves both winners and losers.

Since the feelies have to be filmed, and the televised sporting events must actually be staged, it is not the case that the testing ordeals that John and Helmholtz desire are totally absent. For example, right at the end of the novel we meet the unlikely figure of Darwin Bonaparte, ‘the feely Corporation’s most expert big-game photographer’ who is prepared to spend 72 hours in acute physical discomfort in order to get a shot of the whip-wielding Savage (BNW 223). The infantile comfort of the many depends on the willingness of a few technical specialists to undergo at least moderate danger and hardship.

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