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By: Beth Ann Grimes, Mike Smith, and Maxwell Whitney. “The Empire of the Future: Imperialism and Modernism in H.G. Wells”. Paul A. Cantor, born in 1945, graduated from Harvard and currently teaches at the University of Virginia. Paul A. Cantor.
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Peter is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he worked with Paul A Cantor on the Article “The Empire of the Future: Imperialism and Modernism in H.G. Wells”Peter Hufnagel
H.G. Wells The Time Machine uses ideas such as Disraeli's “Two Nations,” the imperial frontier, and the idea of time travel that were based on the imperialistic narratives of the mid-1880's.H.G. Wells The Time Machine as an imperialistic narrative
In Haggard's and H.G. Wells novels, the “Two Nations” theory is portrayed through two tribes
Haggard's portrayal of the two tribes is the British explorers and the African Natives
The British explorers are more modernistic believing in the rule of law, and the European rule
The African natives lean towards the rule of priests and witchesHaggard's Two Tribes Motif
In Wells The Time Machine, the two tribes are portrayed by the Eloi and the Morlocks
The Eloi are peaceful, docile, and friendly, where as the Morlocks are primitive (ape-like), evil, and cannibalistic representing the good vs. evilThe Eloi and the Morlocks
“They spent all their time in playing gently, in bathing in the river, in making love in a half-playful manner fashion, in eating fruit and sleeping” (Wells qtd. In “Empire of the Future”)Eloi as South Sea Islanders
The Morlocks are portrayed as the evil tribe that needs to be conquered by man because it cannot be trusted
The evil tribe was commonly attributed as being cannibalistic, such as the MorlocksMorlocks- the Ape-Like Cannibals
The heros within Haggard's novels, the British explorers, are seen into the past into a backward land
The British explorers meet up with African natives who are primitive in their ways.
The explorers are holding onto the science and technology as well as principles of modern politics. Whereas the African natives are using magic and superstition as well as following the old regimeTraveling to the Past
In The Time Machine, Wells uses the ideas of Einstein and Minkowski to show there is a fourth dimension- Time
“Time is only a kind of space” (qtd. In “Empire of the Future)The Fourth Dimension
In Haggard's novels, his heros travel into the past, but instead Wells decides to travel into the future, showing the imperial frontier of the futureTraveling Into the Future
In order to do this, Wells gives the future a tropical climate believing that the “Golden Age” life would come about due to the warm, tropical climateIt's Time to Tropicalize
“The many orientalizing touches touches in The Time Machine combine to portray a Britian that has in effect gone native, that has succumbed to the seductive forces it hoped to subdue on the imperial frontier” (Cantor and Hufnagel 236)The Oriental British Nation
Throughout the article, Cantor and Hufnagel show how Wells was bringing about the imperial frontier using the imperialistic narrative style that was quite popular in that time period.In Conclusion