in Reproduction by Design

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226560694
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226560717 | DOI:

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This chapter reports a number of fiction writers that had preceded George Orwell in raising the possibility of the future imposition of a totalitarian regime in Britain. It then turns to his views on reproduction. A review of antitotalitarian literature showed that Orwell was not quite as original a writer as is commonly claimed. Feminist scholars have noted his misogyny and fixation on manhood. In general, H. G. Wells, Huxley, and Orwell are today only the best known of that small army of early twentieth-century British writers who reflected on the effect that technology, urbanization, science, sex reform, and feminism would have on public and private life. Many scientific theories and notions of the future, especially the forebodings, were in fact crystallizations of current social concerns. Relatively little is known about how concerns about reproduction permeated general culture.

Keywords: reproduction; George Orwell; H. G. Wells; Huxley; technology; urbanization; science; sex reform; feminism

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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