English (United States)
This thesis investigates several Euro-American lunar fantasies and realities across time and space. In examining three specific nodes of space-time, this thesis argues that there is an all-too-terrestrial logic operating within these imaginings and realities of lunar conquest; specifically, the logic of Christian-authorized and -infused colonialism. By closely looking at Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle's seventeenth-century "Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds," Jules Verne's nineteenth-century lunar novels, and NASA's twentieth-century Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 missions, this thesis strives to illuminate how earthly anxieties and ambitions have been historically displaced onto the celestial body of the moon.
Handelman, Helen, "A Trip to the Moon: Lunar Fantasies and Earthly Supremacy" (2016). Honors Theses - All. 1548.
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