English Research Seminar
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 11-12, C1079, Main Building, UL
Dr Maxim Shadurski;
Institute of Language and Literary Studies, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities
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. Dr. Shadurski will discuss 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. In this seminar, you will hear more about utopia’s capacity to deconstruct and redeploy national discourse in ways that surpass fear and nostalgia.