Taboos and Primitivism: James Frazer, H.G. Wells, and the Intersection of Anthropology and Science Fiction
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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.
Riesenberg, Eleanor L., "Taboos and Primitivism: James Frazer, H.G. Wells, and the Intersection of Anthropology and Science Fiction" (2014). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 104.
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