Escaping the Brave New World: Fleeing Huxley’s Island

In this episode of the “Escaping the Brave New World” poets Adam Sedia and David Gosselin revisit Aldous Huxley’s famous work, A Brave New World. That we find ourselves in a culture very much like the one found in his dystopian novel is not a contentious argument, and it is one many people would agree with. The population is consistently distracted and contented with new forms of entertainment, hyper-sensualization, novelty, and increasingly new ways of perverting the traditions of Western civilization. In light of this brave new world, the discussion that follows explores the various nuances involved in maintaining this order, and how it may be defeated through a rediscovery of classical tragedy, notably that of Shakespeare, which Huxley consciously sought to pervert with his dystopian novel, but also attempted to further elaborate and explore in his final utopian novel, The Island


What follows is a discussion of how we may finally escape Huxley’s island.

David Gosselin is a poet, translator, and linguist based in Montreal. He is the founder of The Chained Muse poetry website, which is dedicated to publishing and promoting 21st-century classical poetry.

Feature Image: Hieronymous Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”

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