Aldous Huxley composed Brave New World in the context of the Depression and the eugenics movement in Britain. Today his novel is best known as satirical and predictive, but an additional interpretation emerges from Huxley's nonfiction writings in which the liberal humanist expressed some surprising opinions about eugenics, citizenship, and meritocracy. He felt that his role as an artist and public intellectual was to formulate an evolving outlook on urgent social, scientific, and moral issues. His brave new world can therefore be understood as a serious design for social reform, as well as a commentary about the social uses of scientific knowledge.
Designing a Brave New World: Eugenics, Politics, and Fiction
Joanne Woiak is a lecturer at the University of Washington in the Department of History and the Disability Studies Program. Her Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science and technology is from the University of Toronto.
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JOANNE WOIAK; Designing a Brave New World: Eugenics, Politics, and Fiction. The Public Historian 1 January 2007; 29 (3): 105–129. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2007.29.3.105
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