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Huxley’s 'Brave New World' – and ours. / Diken, Bulent.

In: Journal for Cultural Research, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2011, p. 153-172.

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Diken, B 2011, 'Huxley’s 'Brave New World' – and ours', Journal for Cultural Research, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 153-172. https://doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2011.574056

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Diken B. Huxley’s 'Brave New World' – and ours. Journal for Cultural Research. 2011;15(2):153-172. doi: 10.1080/14797585.2011.574056

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Diken, Bulent. / Huxley’s 'Brave New World' – and ours. In: Journal for Cultural Research. 2011 ; Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 153-172.

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