"Our impending doom": Seriality's end in late-Victorian proto-dystopian novels

Valdez, Jessica R. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5347-6465 (2018) "Our impending doom": Seriality's end in late-Victorian proto-dystopian novels. Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, 9 (1). pp. 1-29. ISSN 1947-6574

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Abstract

This paper examines utopian/dystopian time and serial form in several late-nineteenth-century proto-dystopian novels, including Anthony Trollope's The Fixed Period, James De Mille's A Strange Manuscript in a Copper Cylinder, and H. G. Wells's The Time Machine. Through mingling the futuristic orientation of utopias and the presentist cause-and-effect experience of serial form, late nineteenth-century dystopias do not set these other worlds in the distant future; rather, they ask readers to see signs of their mortality in the everyday. In doing so, these paradoxical temporalities combine to highlight the finiteness of late-Victorian institutions in the face of more expansive depictions experience.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: The author would like to thank the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong for providing the Early Career Scheme funding that made this article possible. Publisher Copyright: Copyright © 2019 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Uncontrolled Keywords: dystopia,novel,serial form,temporality,utopia,communication,visual arts and performing arts ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3315
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Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 14:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/89690
DOI: 10.5325/JMODEPERISTUD.9.1.0001

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