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Maps of Utopia: H. G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture

Simon J. James


H. G. Wells is one of the most widely read writers of the twentieth century, but until now the aesthetics of his work have not been investigated in detail. Maps of Utopia tells the story of Wells’s writing career over six decades, during which he produced popular science, educational theory, history, politics, prophecy, and utopia as well as realist, experimental, and science fiction. This book asks what Wells thought literature was, and what he thought it was for. H. G. Wells formulated a literary aesthetics based on scientific principles, designed to improve the world both in the present and ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, culture, novel, science fiction, H. G. Wells, Victorian literature, modernity, Utopia, war, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606597
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon J. James, author
Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature, Department of English Studies, Durham University