Aldous Huxley



Time and place

Das Hauptseminar gehört in folgenden Studiengängen zu folgenden Modulen:

  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A (301) Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II) - Hausarbeit
  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature) - Hausarbeit (80 %)
  • MA English Studies: Core Module: Literature (module 4051, exam 40511) - Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3 pages, 20%)
  • MA English Studies: Master Module II: Literature (module 8360, exam 83601) - Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3pages, 20%)
  • MA Literaturstudien - intermedial und interkulturell (Anglistik als Kernfach): Modul 9 Aufbaumodul


In this seminar we will try to understand Aldous Huxley's contribution to 20^th^-century-literature. By reading and interpreting selected short stories and four of his novels - |Point Counter Point| (1928), |Brave New World| (1932), |Eyeless in Gaza| (1936), and |Island| (1962) we will try to get an impression of Huxley's literary achievement. The topics we are going to discuss will comprehend Huxley's 'social satire', his 'theory of identity', his 'concept of utopia and dystopia', his 'attitude towards natural science' and his increasing 'interest in mysticism'. In order to analyse Huxley's Position in the context of English Modernism, we will also study several of his theoretical essays.

Additional information

Expected participants: 15