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„Minunata lume nouă” de Aldous Huxley: o lectură interdisciplinară
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World: an Interdisciplinary Approach

Author(s): Oana Mureşan
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universitatii de Nord, Baia Mare
Keywords: artificial womb; cloning; dystopia; in vitro fertilization; soma;

Summary/Abstract: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) is the first novel to explore the theme of human cloning, foreshadowing biotechnological advances such as artificial wombs, birth control pills, in vitro fertilization or organ harvesting. In a high-tech society of the 26th century where human life is completely controlled by the world state, people are created in bottles and divided into castes, and happiness is maintained with the help of a multi-purpose drug named soma. A significant part of the author’s predictions have already been fulfilled, while others seem not to be far from coming true. In addition, the message of the book is ever so valid: if this is the kind of society we are heading towards, we should guard ourselves against our leaders’ tendencies to manipulate us, and, most importantly, against losing our humanity, our authenticity and, above all, our freedom in the process.

  • Issue Year: XX/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 243-252
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Romanian