English 1022E Lecture Notes - Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, Utopia, Brutalist Architecture
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ENGLISH 1022E September 30th, 2010
ENGLISH – Lecture 6
BRAVE NEW WORLD…
o Genre = fantasy, science fiction… not our world. Builds upon existing scientific ideas from their
own day and culture. They imagine what would happen if they were expanded. Helicopters, test
tube babies, cloning, sex hormone treatment, birth control pills, psychological conditioning—all
these things were thought of, talked about, in early stages—he expanded them. But they need
to be plausible, credible, and believable upon our own truths.
o To what extent are the people in Brave New World happy?
o = ou (no) + place = eu (good) + place // Sir Thomas More, Utopia (1516)
o Ambiguous. Something wonderful or awful? Look forward to or dread? Are we looking at
somewhere near the limit of desire, or limit of repugnance.
o 1516 – Sir Thomas More, “Utopia”
o Social engineering – you can create a better society. Make a system, control, shape the future
the way you want it.
Brave New World…
o Opening paragraph of Brave New World – fantastic. “A squat grey building of only 34 stories.”
Grey – ugly, “brutalism”, dead, boring. Only 34 stories – touches our world as in 1932 they were
used to bigger buildings. Community, Identity, Stability. All familiar concepts. Alluding to things
in our world, but changing them. Like our world, but a different one.
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