[SFRA-L] Wells TTM question: Elio and Morlock appeals
jeller at iupui.edu
Tue Oct 25 01:08:20 EDT 2011
If memory serves, the introduction to the Signet mass market
paperback edition of TTM (bound with WW or IM, I think) touches on a
conversation Wells had with Teddy Roosevelt on this very subject
during a White House visit. I'm traveling and can't check the major
biographies just now, but I would imagine that some cite this
encounter as well. Apologies if this has already surfaced earlier in
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At 5:38 PM -0700 10/24/11, Richard Erlich wrote:
>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
>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
>>Maybe if we offered educational programs for laid off workers, who
>>knows what we could accomplish.
>>On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Easterbrook, Neil
>><<mailto:n.easterbrook at tcu.edu>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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>>- Chris Lehmann quoting Nel Noddings.
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