George Orwell: Into the Twenty-First Century

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The year 2003 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell, one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century. Orwell's books are assigned today in over 60,000 classrooms annually. In this book, essays by prominent writers and scholars explain why his impact continues in a world much changed from his own. The essays explore new aspects of Orwell's life and work and his continuing relevance for the interpretation of modern social, political, and cultural affairs. Thematic topics include: the use and abuse of 1984; ideas, ideologues, and intellectuals; biography and autobiography; literary and stylistic analyses; and the reception of Orwell's work abroad. The volume is an ideal secondary source for those who continue to be influenced by Orwell's insights and for teachers of Orwell's work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594510021
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

John Rodden, is the author of George Orwell: The Politics of Literary Reputation, Scenes from an Afterlife: The Legacy of George Orwell, and co-editor, with Thomas Cushman, of George Orwell: Into the Twenty-First Century.

Thomas Cushman, Wellesley College, is the editor of The Journal of Human Rights and was the principal organizer of the George Orwell Centenary Conference at Wellesley College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : George Orwell into the twenty-first century 1
Ch. 1 Abolishing the orgasm : Orwell and the politics of sexual persecution 23
Ch. 2 In defense of Comrade Psmith : the Orwellian treatment of Orwell 45
Ch. 3 Hope against hope : Orwell's posthumous novel 63
Ch. 4 George Orwell and the liberal experience of totalitarianism 77
Ch. 5 On the ethics of admiration - and detraction 86
Ch. 6 The public intellectual as connected critic : George Orwell and religious 96
Ch. 7 Orwell, pacifism, pacifists 111
Ch. 8 Varieties of patriotic experience 126
Ch. 9 Vulgar nationalism and insulting nicknames : George Orwell's progressive reflections on race 145
Ch. 10 Orwell's "smelly little orthodoxies" - and ours 160
Ch. 11 Orwell in an age of celebrity 178
Ch. 12 Writing about Orwell : a personal account 187
Ch. 13 Orwell : unmasker of underlying realities 194
Ch. 14 Third thoughts about Orwell? 200
Ch. 15 Orwell's perversity : an approach to the collected essays 215
Ch. 16 Prescience and resilience in George Orwell's political aesthetics 22รค
Ch. 17 Outside/inside : searching for Wigan Pier 243
Ch. 18 Orwell's satirical vision on the screen : the film versions of Animal farm and Nineteen eighty-four 252
Ch. 19 George Orwell : Russia's Tocqueville 267
Ch. 20 May days in Barcelona : Orwell, Langdon-Davies, and the cultural memory of war 286
Ch. 21 From Ingsoc to Capsoc : perceptions of Orwell in France 295
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