H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds
In this course, Dr Keith Williams (University) explores H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. We begin by thinking about the concept of ‘Mars fever’, focusing in particular on the reasons behind the resurgent interest in the planet in the late 19th century and how this interest was captured in the novels of Wells’ predecessors and contemporaries. After that, we think about the War of the Worlds as a kind of reverse colonialism, where the Europeans find themselves under attack from a technologically-advanced ‘superior’ race. In the third module, we think about how the War of the Worlds drew on (British) anxieties about a real-life external enemy – the Germans – before moving on in the fourth module to think about the similarities between the humans and Martians, not least the fact that the Martians appear to have evolved “from beings not unlike ourselves”. Finally, in the fifth module, we consider the Epilogue to the War of the Worlds, the impact of the Martian invasion and the concept of the ‘commonweal of mankind’.
What this playlist includes:
11 lectures across 2 courses.
All resources designed and delivered by university academics and researchers.
Courses and Lectures
1. H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds
Dr Keith Williams
Dundee University
1.1. Mars Fever – 07:37
1.2. The Alien Gaze – 13:25
1.3. Martians and Germans – 05:12
1.4. Aliens ‘R Us – 06:26
1.5. The Commonweal of Mankind – 03:39
2. H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds
Dr Steven McLean
Independent Scholar
2.1. Wells' Working Context – 06:37
2.3. Anthropocentrism – 11:33
2.4. Warfare and Narration – 08:00
2.5. Evolution and Ethics – 11:23
2.6. Science and Religion – 07:39
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