Every Intellectual's Big Brother

Every Intellectual's Big Brother

by John Rodden
     
 

ISBN-10: 029272618X

ISBN-13: 9780292726185

Pub. Date: 12/01/2006

Publisher: University of Texas Press

George Orwell has been embraced, adopted, and co-opted by everyone from the far left to the neoconservatives. Each succeeding generation of Anglo-American intellectuals has felt compelled to engage the life, work, and cultural afterlife of Orwell, who is considered by many to have been the foremost political writer of the twentieth century. Every Intellectual

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George Orwell has been embraced, adopted, and co-opted by everyone from the far left to the neoconservatives. Each succeeding generation of Anglo-American intellectuals has felt compelled to engage the life, work, and cultural afterlife of Orwell, who is considered by many to have been the foremost political writer of the twentieth century. Every Intellectual's Big Brother explores the ways in which numerous disparate groups, Orwell's intellectual "siblings," have adapted their views of Orwell to fit their own agendas and how in doing so they have changed our perceptions of Orwell himself. By examining the politics of literary reception as a dimension of cultural history, John Rodden gives us a better understanding of Orwell's unique and enduring role in Anglo-American intellectual life.

In Part One, Rodden opens the book with a section titled "Their Orwell, Left and Right," which focuses on Orwell's reception by several important literary circles of the latter half of the twentieth century. Beginning with Orwell's own contemporaries, Rodden addresses the ways various intellectual groups of the 1950s responded to Orwell. Rodden then moves on in Part Two to what he calls the "Orwell Confraternity Today," those contemporary intellectuals who have, in various ways, identified themselves with or reacted against Orwell. The author concludes by examining how Orwell's status as an object of admiration and detraction has complicated the way in which he has been perceived by readers since his death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292726185
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue. "Orwell" Still Lives
Introduction. George Orwell and His Intellectual Progeny

Part One. Their Orwell, Left and Right
Chapter One. "Not One of Us?" Orwell and the London Left of the 1930s and '40s
Chapter Two. "A Moral Genius": Orwell and the Movement Writers of the 1950s
Chapter Three. "London Letter" from a Family Cousin: The New York Intellectuals' Adoption of Orwell
Chapter Four. "A Leftist by Accident?": Orwell and the American Cultural Conservatives
Chapter Five. Does Orwell Matter? Between Fraternity and Fratricide at the Nation

Part Two. Orwell's Literary Siblings Today
Chapter Six. Iraq, the Internet, and "the Big O" in 2003: A Centennial Report
Chapter Seven. The Man within the Writings
Chapter Eight. Unlessons from My Intellectual Big Brother

Epilogue. On the Ethics of Literary Reputation
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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