Author: Karen Feiden
Abstract of Introduction: Feiden first deals with Flatland with regard to the idea of exploring the limits of knowledge, but then questions Abbott's perspective with respect to his treatment of women and the lower classes. Ultimately, Feiden acknowledges that Abbott is a 'subtle satirist' and his treatment of certain topics reflects a critical attitude towards Victorian society that, in part, is still applicable today.
Excerpt: Open these pages and embark on an absorbing adventure throught a two-dimensional world of lines, triangles, squares and circles. Flatland is a compelling science fiction tale of a society whose characters know nothing of the third dimension--height--yet live much as earthlings do, studying, working, bearing children and obeying the rules of their society.
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