Social criticism in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Poison Belt: Cataclysm as Contemporary British Tableau

Woodward, Jennifer (2018) Social criticism in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Poison Belt: Cataclysm as Contemporary British Tableau. Science Fiction Studies, 45 (1). pp. 129-145. ISSN 0091-7729 DOI https://doi.org/10.5621/sciefictstud.45.1.0129

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Abstract

This article argues that Arthur Conan Doyle’s second Professor Challenger novel, The Poison Belt (1913) uses a disaster narrative structure as a means of offering a tableau of contemporary Britain for the purposes of socio-cultural assessment and burgeoning spiritualist exploration. A conservative text, The Poison Belt uses its science fictional premise to establish a ‘condition of England’ critique informed by Victorian anxieties of social degeneration before offering a wish fulfilment conclusion of cultural re-invigoration

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poisons, Ethers, Science fiction, Masculinity, Social criticism, Disasters, Humanity, Novella, Victorians, War
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Media
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 10:14
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9618

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