Understanding Animal Farm: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding Animal Farm: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

by John Rodden
     
 

Animal Farm is a political allegory of the history of the USSR written in the form of a fable. Its stinging moral warning against the abuse of power is forcefully demonstrated in this casebook through a wide variety of historical, political, and literary documents that are directly applicable to the novel. Included are passages from the Soviet press;

Overview

Animal Farm is a political allegory of the history of the USSR written in the form of a fable. Its stinging moral warning against the abuse of power is forcefully demonstrated in this casebook through a wide variety of historical, political, and literary documents that are directly applicable to the novel. Included are passages from the Soviet press; excerpts from personal memoirs and correspondence; original translations from Russian and East German sources that show the meaning of Animal Farm for those nations' readers; and historical and political sources on Marxism, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, and Glasnost. Many of these documents have not been available in print before.

Following a literary analysis of Animal Farm, six chapters examine the historical, political, and literary issues raised by the novel. Chapters include selections relating the novel to basic tenets of Marxism, the Russian Revolution and Josef Stalin, the relation of George Orwell's life to the writing of Animal Farm, the Cold War, book reviews of the novel at the time of its publication, the American intellectual climate, and recent responses to the novel in the light of Glasnost and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction, and each chapter concludes with suggested topics for written and oral exploration. This rich source of materials is ideal for interdisciplinary study of the novel.

Editorial Reviews

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A variety of historical, political, and literary documents shed light on Orwell's political allegory, with excerpts from the Soviet press, personal memoirs, and sources on Marxism, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, and . Features book reviews, book excerpts, and original interviews translated from Russian and German, previously unavailable in English. Includes a glossary of literary terms, discussion questions, and essay topics. The editor teaches at the University of Texas-Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313302015
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JOHN RODDEN is Adjunct Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Texas at Austin./e He is the author of The Politics of Literary Reputation (1989), Repainting the Little Red Schoolhouse: A History of Eastern German Education (1999), Lionel Trilling and the Critics (1999), and Conversations with Isabel Allende (1999).

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