[SFRA-L] Wells TTM question: Elio and Morlock appeals
ErlichRD at MUOhio.edu
Mon Oct 24 20:38:13 EDT 2011
Getting in even later (and probably getting repetitive) ...
If meaning is created in the interaction of audience(s) and text(s);
and, if audience members are multiply-situated; and, if
identification can get quite weird — as we see in practical politics
as well as art — then this is an especially intriguing question for
what to make of TIME MACHINE.
A mischievous hypothetical: What would/did Teddy Roosevelt make of
Eloi and Morlocks? Or, say, a rich jock football player in Dallas or
Fort Worth (or a gentleman-thug rugger from Richmond's 2011
equivalent)? Or a Columbian feminist artist with Trotskyite leanings,
an Olympic bronze in women's soccer, and a good deal of money?
On 17/10/2011, at 4:47, Sue & Bruce Rockwood wrote:
> I come into this discussion on the tail end of the tale, but this
> question of the working class reader reminds me of E. P. Thompson's
> The Making of the English Working Class.England had a vital labor
> movement, which included labor education on a local decentralized
> level, so I would not be surprised if workers read Wells.
> Thompson's book got him a chair at Warwick, one of the new
> universities Labor created I believe, and he came out of this labor
> education movement.
> Maybe if we offered educational programs for laid off workers, who
> knows what we could accomplish.
> Bruce Rockwood
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Easterbrook, Neil
> <n.easterbrook at tcu.edu> wrote:
> I know some of you are Wells experts (hear me, Andy?), and I want
> to pick yr brain. I suspect that I could easily research this, but
> just at the moment I'm too busy (ok, too lazy).
> Abt TTM: I've told my students that the setting of Richmond is
> significant, since then it was a wealthy town adjacent to London
> (what we would call a suburb, and so I make allusions to parallel
> areas of Fort Worth and Dallas), and this is then important to know
> who specifically the Eloi are descendents of: the residents of 1895
> Richmond (and then more generally, the landed and wealthy
> classes...). (As it happens, my students are the general equivalent
> of the residents of 1895 Richmond.)
> Which, given the events of 802701, configures the novella's
> audience as current residents of Richmond, the future Eloi.
> But I don't know enuf abt either the specific Heinemann
> publication, serialization, or reading habits & markets of 1985. I
> know abt the explosion of pulp publication, the increase of public
> literacy and schooling, and so forth, especially as these are
> central to the development of sf (as for example, analyzed in the
> fine discussion of the opening chapters of Luckhurst's _SF_).
> My specific question: very roughly, what percentage of Wells' 1895
> audience would have been future Morlocks rather than future Eloi;
> said another way, was TTM read also by members of the working
> class; said a third way, is the construction of the "ideal" reader
> as a member of the upper-class merely a narrative convention or an
> empirical fact?
> Thanks in advance for allowing me to morlock yr brains (yum-yum,
> and just in time for lunch).
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Richard D. Erlich, Film Script Analyst
Port Hueneme, CA 93041-3447
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