My name is Harry Wood, I am a postdoctoral researcher currently based in Bristol. My research interests are based around the cultural and political history of British invasion anxieties. My PhD thesis, completed at the University of Liverpool, focused on Edwardian invasion-scare fiction, a body of literature that enjoyed significant popularity in Britain in the years leading up to the First World War.
Developing from the authoritative work of the late I F Clarke, including his book Voices Prophesying War: Future wars 1763-3749, my interest lies with the fictional representations of domestic political upheaval. A turbulent political period for Britain, the regular reference within this literature to working-class unrest, Irish rebellion, female suffrage, and a variety of other issues is extremely significant. Evidently concerned over the threat of invasion, such authors equally feared internal political change, rebellion, and even revolution.
Hopefully this blog will shed a little light on the ideas above. If you have any questions, ideas, or annoyances, please get in touch. Happy reading!
Image: The German aerial fleet flies over a bleak industrial north, in H. G. Wells’s War in the Air, from M. Ashley, Out of This World, Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, (London, 2011), p85.