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Neil Emory Hultgren
California State University, Long Beach Foundation (Long Beach, CA 90840-0004)
Cosmic Romance: The Universe in British Fiction, 1885-1930

Research and writing leading to a book on British speculative fiction of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A scholarly monograph, Cosmic Romance considers British fiction of the late 19th century and early 20th century that attempts to expand human awareness through a particular kind of narrative. Cosmic romances challenge conceptions of literary realism and the everyday via estranged points of view and representations of time that exceed the human lifespan. Cosmic Romance breaks new ground by bringing a study of narrative technique to popular British speculative fiction that explored increasingly complex notions of the space and time of the universe. My research is also unique in examining popular fiction’s eclectic power as it synthesized disparate discourses of the period: mystical writings stemming from new hybrid religions, popular representations of scientific discoveries in astronomy and physics, as well as pseudoscientific treatises on eugenics.

Project fields:
British Literature

Awards for Faculty

Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2022 – 7/31/2023