Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Mask of the ProphetThe Extraordinary Fictions of Jules Verne$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Andrew Martin

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198157984

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198157984.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 July 2019

The Masked Writer

The Masked Writer

Chapter:
(p.1) I The Masked Writer
Source:
The Mask of the Prophet
Author(s):

Andrew Martin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198157984.003.0001

Jules Verne's fiction reads like a résumé of the nineteenth-century archive. This chapter proposes to read Verne's work as if it had been written by Napoleon Bonaparte and Jorge Luis Borges. Cryptogram is an essential approach in studying Verne's texts. He has had the mantle of prophet thrust upon him, but that mantle is largely a mask. His books, while having the air of prophetic statements, anticipating journeys to the moon, beneath the sea or around the world, actually add little or nothing to the technology of the time or to prior speculation. He was the most modest and diffident of extrapolators. He was not impatient for the future, contrary to popular belief. If Verne himself cannot decently be attributed any major prophetic status, rebellious prophets nevertheless abound in his novels.

Keywords:   Jules Verne, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jorge Luis Borges, cryptogram

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .