Waugh and Huxley

Dr Gillian Dooley, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of English, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, has published a paper entitled “Love, Death and the Satirical Purpose: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One“. This originally appeared in Texture: A Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol. 1, No. 1, 2017 and has now additionally been posted on Academia.edu. Here’s an abstract:

“This paper draws attention to the parallels between Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) and Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One (1948). As satirical fiction, both novels are concerned with the way societies deal with basic human obsessions such as love, sex and death. Although they treat these themes very differently –Brave New World being a futuristic dystopia set in England while The Loved One is a contemporary satire set in the United States – there are some suggestive similarities in imagery which could arise from the fact that both authors had visited Southern California shortly before the respective novels were written. The paper goes on to compare the different approaches to political and social satire used by these authors, and discusses the aesthetic implications of these approaches.”

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