George Orwell remains an iconic figure today – even though he died in 1950. His dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts a Big Brother society in which the state intrudes into the most intimate details of people’s lives – and, not surprisingly, it became a constant reference point after Edward Snowden’s revelations. The word «Orwellian» is constantly in the media – used either as a pejorative adjective to evoke totalitarian terror or as a complimentary adjective to mean «displaying outspoken intellectual honesty». Interest in Orwell’s life and writings – globally – continues unabated.
Beginning with a preface by Richard Blair, Orwell’s son, George Orwell Now! brings together thirteen chapters by leading international scholars in four thematic sections:
• Peter Marks on Orwell and the history of surveillance studies; Florian Zollmann on Nineteen Eighty-Four in 2014; Henk Vynckier on Orwell’s collecting project; and Adam Stock on ‘Big Brother’s Literary Offspring’
• Paul Anderson «In Defence of Bernard Crick»; Luke Seaber on the «London Section of Down and Out in Paris and London»; John Newsinger on «Orwell’s Socialism»; and Philip Bounds on «Orwell and the Anti-Austerity Left in Britain»
• Marina Remy on the «Writing of Otherness in Burmese Days and Keep the Aspidistra Flying»; Sreya Mallika Datta and Utsa Mukherjee on «Reassessing Ambivalence in Orwell’s Burma»; and Shu-chu Wei on Orwell’s Animal Farm alongside Chen Jo-his’s Mayor Yin
• Tim Crook on «Orwell and the Radio Imagination»; and editor Richard Lance Keeble on «Orwell and the War Reporter’s Imagination»
Peter Stansky, in an afterword, argues that Orwell is now more relevant than ever before.
About the Author
Richard Lance Keeble has been Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln since 2003. He is the author or editor of 30 books on a wide range of subjects. In 2014 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Journalism Education.
Table of Contents
Contents: Richard Blair: An In-Depth Look into Orwell’s Complex Mind – Richard Lance Keeble: Orwell Now: Nothing Less Than a Cultural Icon – Peter Marks: George Orwell and the History of Surveillance Studies – Florian Zollmann: Nineteen Eighty-Four in 2014: Power, Militarism and Surveillance in Western Democracies – Henk Vynckier: A Portrait of the Artist as a Collector: Tracing Orwell’s Collecting Project from Burma to Big Brother – Adam Stock: Little Nephews: Big Brother’s Literary Offspring – Paul Anderson: In Defence of Bernard Crick – Luke Seaber: Trust the Teller and Not the Tale: Reflections on Orwell’s Hidden Rhetoric of Truthfulness in the London Section of Down and Out in Paris and London – John Newsinger: Orwell’s Socialism – Philip Bounds: Sectarians on Wigan Pier: George Orwell and the Anti-Austerity Left in Britain – Marina Remy: First Encounters and the Writing of Otherness in Burmese Days and Keep the Aspidistra Flying – Sreya Mallika Datta/Utsa Mukherjee: «Pukka Sahibs» and «Yellow Faces»: Reassessing Ambivalence in Orwell’s Burma – Shu-chu Wei: Critiquing Communist Dictatorship East and West: George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Chen Jo-hsi’s Mayor Yin – Tim Crook: George Orwell and the Radio Imagination – Richard Lance Keeble: Orwell and the War Reporter’s Imagination – Peter Stansky: Why Orwell Is More Relevant Today Than Ever Before.