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English 1022E Lecture Notes - Aldous Huxley, Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, Mimesis

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English 1022E
David Bentley

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English Lecture September 30, 2010
English Lecture “Brave New World”by Aldous Huxley
On the Board:
Matrix (womb)
Mimesis (imitation)
Science Fiction
Sir Thomas More, Utopia (1516)
Utopia= ou (no) + place
= eu (good) + place
= no place can ever be a utopia
-Heavenly World represents the limit of desire
-Hellish World represents the limit of repugnance
-the story is more of a comedy the more heavenly it gets
-the story is more of a tragedy the more hellish it gets
-We are in the middle
Brave New World (Context)
-Written against the background of totalitarianism and fascism in response to
-Genre: Fantasy
-Most science fiction builds on scientific ideas:
-1930’s, helicopter still very experimental. Cloning was seen as a
possibility. Test tube babies were also a possibility and being talked
about. Birth control pill was talked about. Sex hormone treatment still
in a primitive state.
-To what extent are the people in Brave New World happy?
-Huxley took these scientific thoughts and put them in BNW.
-These ideas are credible to the reader
-Utopia = nonexistent place the could never exist that is the best, greatest
-More published Utopia in Latin. Takes us into a society that superficially
looks better than his was.
-Will see that the Utopia of BNW is really a dystopia.
-Are we looking at somewhere near limit of desire, or repugnance?
-To what extent are women being treated worse than men in BNW?
-Parallel between Miranda (Tempest) and Savage (BNW)
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