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‘To-Day and To-Morrow’: Modernism and Futurology

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiterature and Modern Time
Subtitle of host publicationTechnological Modernity; Glimpses of Eternity; Experiments with Time
EditorsTrish Ferguson
Pages233-251
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030292782
DOIs
Published2020

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Abstract

With the advent of technological modernity, mythological, apocalyptic, or millenarian prophecies are replaced by a new form of imagined future: more sustained attempts to speculate on the ways in which everyday life might be transformed, especially through science and technology. This chapter will focus on C. K. Ogden’s ‘To-Day and To-Morrow’ series to argue that it exemplifies the claim that modern time is future time, and that the series represents a major shift in the imagining of futurity, as prophecy gives way to a forecasting based on scientific knowledge and method; in other words, that technology affects not only the content but also the methodology of futurology.

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