By Jonathan Greenberg, Nathan Waddell

This selection of essays presents new readings of Huxley’s vintage dystopian satire, Brave New international (1932). prime overseas students give some thought to from new angles the historic contexts within which the e-book used to be written and the cultural legacies during which it looms huge. the amount affirms Huxley’s prescient opinions of modernity and his carrying on with relevance to debates approximately political energy, artwork, 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 move, schooling and social regulate, excitement, replica, futurology, inter-war periodical networks, motherhood, ethics and the Anthropocene, islands, and the ethical existence. the quantity additionally features a ‘Foreword’ written via David Bradshaw, one of many world’s most sensible Huxley students. well timed and continuously illuminating, this assortment is vital interpreting for college students, critics, and Huxley fans alike.

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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. Competition is not quite dead in this society even though ‘everyone belongs to everyone else’ and certain forms of rivalry, particularly sexual rivalry, have been relegated to pathology.

13. K. Burdekin, Proud Man (1934), ed. D.  226.  English, Lesbian Modernism: Censorship, Sexuality, and Genre Fiction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014). 14. J. Haldeman, The Forever War (1974), introd. A.  169. 15.  9, 146, 236 and 148. Other Huxleyan links include the fact that one of the main characters in James’s text, Xan Lyppiatt, attended Balliol College, Oxford, as Huxley himself did, and shares a surname with Huxley’s Casimir Lypiatt, the artist in Antic Hay (1923). 16.  404.

At the same time, the prominence of sport in Huxley’s vision of the future raises questions that we do not often hear asked about Brave New World. In sport there are winners and losers, not, as in Huxley’s twenty-sixth century, a system of castes within which ‘everyone belongs to everyone else’ (BNW 34). In amateur sports it may, of course, be said that winning or losing does not matter. Possibly this is true of the ‘two thousand BetaMinus mixed doubles’ (BNW 53) games taking place at Shepherd’s Bush while Henry Foster and Lenina Crowne make their way to the Obstacle Golf courses at Stoke Poges, but not all sport in the New World is like this.

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