Dystopia Now: Brave New World in 2017

Professor Rajeev S. Patke
Professor of English Literature, Department of English, NUS
Professor of Humanities & Director, Humanities Division, Yale-NUS College

Tue 7 Feb | 7.30pm | NUS Museum | Free with registration


As we welcome yet another new year with hope and optimism, it is also perhaps time for a cautionary tale. Huxley’s novel Brave New World (1932) has become synonymous with Dystopia, and some part of its skeptical vision might be salutary for our own times. In this inaugural keynote address, Professor Patke will present the basic ideas from the novel - first in the context of Utopian thought, then in terms of the issues that worried Huxley in his own times and place, before turning towards an extrapolation which applies some of those ideas to our own times and tendencies.

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