FRACTURING THE MONSTROUS GEOGRAPHY OF GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984 AND ALDOUS HUXLEY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD – EROTICISM, DISSIDENCE AND INDIVIDUALISM Cover Image

FRACTURING THE MONSTROUS GEOGRAPHY OF GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984 AND ALDOUS HUXLEY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD – EROTICISM, DISSIDENCE AND INDIVIDUALISM
FRACTURING THE MONSTROUS GEOGRAPHY OF GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984 AND ALDOUS HUXLEY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD – EROTICISM, DISSIDENCE AND INDIVIDUALISM

Author(s): Niculae Gheran
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: Aldous Huxley; George Orwell; dystopia; eroticism; dissidence; individualism.

Summary/Abstract: Fracturing the Monstrous Geography of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World – Eroticism, Dissidence and Individualism. The paper deals with the issue of monstrous geographies within the context of Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World. It deals more particularly with the reaction of certain characters to the process of mental and/or physical disintegration and dehumanization caused by the influence of such spaces. The geography corresponding to dystopian fictional worlds is subjected to a process of fissure from within by the independent action of characters that break apart from the controlled mass in an attempt to assert individual freedom denied by the dominating discourse. Researchers so far discussed the ways in which the natural is marginalized while the artificial is placed at the center of dystopian fictional worlds. However, the consequence of such repression, the re-emergence of the natural has not yet been assessed. The eruption of suppressed human nature causes brief fissures within the topographical frame of influence. Whether such a “spatial/mental revolution” is succeeded or not is less relevant to the project than acknowledging and examining the ways in which even if only for brief moments the cohesion of monstrous geography is being undermined from within.

  • Issue Year: 57/2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 91-99
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English