Date Thesis Awarded

4-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

English

Advisor

Christy Burns

Committee Member

Mary Melfi

Committee Member

William Fisher

Abstract

A study of H.G. Wells's early scientific romances, The Time Machine and Island of Moreau, and the influence of Sir James G. Frazer. In 1890, Frazer published the first two volumes of The Golden Bough, sparking an interest among members of British Victorian society in comparative religion, "primitive" societies, and the universal stages by which civilization develops. This thesis traces a connection between Frazer and his anthropological perspective on Wells as a writer and social commentator.

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