[Msa-discuss] Advice/query re eugenics

Saunders, Max max.saunders at kcl.ac.uk
Thu Nov 7 15:14:20 EST 2019

Dear Maren,
There's quite a bit in the book series 'To-Day and To-Morrow', which I write about in Imagined Futures (link below). I'd particularly recommend H. S. Jennings' volume, Prometheus; or, Biology and the Advancement of Man, (1925) which makes a powerful case against Eugenics.

All best,

Max Saunders
Professor of English, Co-Director, Centre for Life-Writing Research
King’s College London
Room 6.40
Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

See https://theconversation.com/futurology-how-a-group-of-visionaries-looked-beyond-the-possible-a-century-ago-and-predicted-todays-world-118134

for a piece about the subject of my latest book:

Imagined Futures: Writing, Science, and Modernity in the To-Day and To-Morrow Book Series, 1923-31


Ego-Media: The impact of new media on forms and practices of self-presentation


Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

available as a paperback from Oxford University Press:


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Dear modernist colleagues,

Do you have any advice or suggestions about what to include in a grad class on Modernism and Eugenics? I have a handful of texts I’m planning to include but am looking for more. I do have Childs’s book Modernism and Eugenics and plan to use some of what he talks about there. But I’m coming at the topic more from a disability studies angle, as he is not, and just also need more authors.

And if anyone is a Naomi Mitchison scholar, could you advise whether any of her novels is about or uses eugenics? I see she was a member of the Eugenics Society but I don’t know her work and there is a LOT of it.

Thanks a ton!



Maren Linett

Professor of English

Director, Critical Disability Studies

Purdue University

500 Oval Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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