Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris

Landscape and Space

  • Emelyne Godfrey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Emelyne Godfrey
    Pages 1-32
  3. Michael Sherborne
    Pages 33-39
  4. Time as a Kind of Space

  5. Matters Out of Place: Danger and Disruption in Utopia

  6. Distorted Realities, Shattered Perspectives

  7. Unnatural Theologies in the Island

  8. Building the Future

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 257-282

About this book


This book is about the fiercely contrasting visions of two of the nineteenth century’s greatest utopian writers. A wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study, it emphasizes that space is a key factor in utopian fiction, often a barometer of mankind’s successful relationship with nature, or an indicator of danger. Emerging and critically acclaimed scholars consider the legacy of two great utopian writers, exploring their use of space and time in the creation of sites in which contemporary social concerns are investigated and reordered. A variety of locations is featured, including Morris’s quasi-fourteenth century London, the lush and corrupted island, a routed and massacred English countryside, the high-rises of the future and the vertiginous landscape of another Earth beyond the stars.


Science fiction The Time Machine The War of the Worlds Kelmscott House Society

Editors and affiliations

  • Emelyne Godfrey
    • 1
  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

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