Abjection and Evolution in The Island of Doctor Moreau

Nick Redfern

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    At the heart of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau lies a transgression; a crossing of an evolutionary boundary that brings us face to face with the abject, and, in doing so, exposes the fragility of the human order. The narrator, Edward Prendick, enters a realm of the abject encountering the perverse Dr. Moreau and his menagerie of Beast Folk, and provoking in him a profound anxiety on his return to London where he finds he is unable to isolate himself from the terrors of late-Victorian society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)37-47
    JournalThe Wellsian: The Journal of the H.G. Wells Society
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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