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The Nationality of Utopia : H.G. Wells, England, and the World State.

Author: Maxim Shadurski
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature.
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Since its generic inception in 1516, utopia has produced visions of alterity which renegotiate, subvert, and transcend existing places. Early in the twentieth century, H.G. Wells linked utopia to the World State, whose post-national, post-Westphalian emergence he predicated on English national discourse. This critical study examines how the discursive representations of England's geography, continuity, and character  Read more...
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Shadurski, Maxim.
Nationality of Utopia : H.G. Wells, England, and the World State.
Milton : Routledge, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maxim Shadurski
ISBN: 9781000682519 100068251X 9780429317743 0429317743 9781000682694 1000682692 9781000682878 1000682870
OCLC Number: 1112422857
Description: 1 online resource (221 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 English Utopia and Utopian England; 2 The Wellsian Utopia and the Discourse of England; 3 England in Transition: Memory, Politics, and Technology; 4 England Redeemed: The Road, the Rose, and the Dream; 5 The End of England: Eugenics, Landscape, and Recollection; Coda: England for England's Sake?; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature.

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Since its generic inception in 1516, utopia has produced visions of alterity which renegotiate, subvert, and transcend existing places. Early in the twentieth century, H.G. Wells linked utopia to the World State, whose post-national, post-Westphalian emergence he predicated on English national discourse. This critical study examines how the discursive representations of England's geography, continuity, and character become foundational to the Wellsian utopia and elicit competing response from Wells's contemporaries, particularly Robert Hugh Benson and Aldous Huxley, with further ramifications throughout the twentieth century. Contextualized alongside modern theories of nationalism and utopia, as well as read jointly with contemporary projections of England as place, reactions to Wells demonstrate a shift from disavowal to retrieval of England, on the one hand, and from endorsement to rejection of the World State, on the other. Following Huxley's attempts to salvage the residual traces of English culture from their abuses in the World State, England's dissolution in the throes of alterity takes increasing precedence over the visions of a post-national world order and dissents from the Wellsian utopia. This trend continues in the work of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, J.G. Ballard, and Julian Barnes, whose future scenarios warn against a world without England. The Nationality of Utopia investigates utopia's capacity to deconstruct and redeploy national discourse in ways that surpass fear and nostalgia.

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