Modern Cities, Modern Dystopias: Aldous Huxley, Wyndham Lewis, and George Orwell

16 September 2019

Dr Nathan Waddell
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Why are cities often the settings for literary dystopias? What do cityscapes allow dystopian novelists to achieve which other kinds of settings do not? In this talk Dr Waddell will discuss two well-known dystopian works --- Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) and Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), alongside an unfamiliar one, Wyndham Lewis’s The Childermass (1928).


Visitors £5; Members/Students £2


Permissions: Rooftop view of a European city, 2019
Photograph by Robert Blackburn

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Dr Nathan Waddell, University of Birmingham