Liberty, Equality, and Humbug: Orwell's Political Ideals

Liberty, Equality, and Humbug: Orwell's Political Ideals

by David Dwan


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George Orwell is watching you and you're watching him. Britain pays its respects in the form of the Orwell Prize, the Orwell Lecture, and, more recently, Orwell Day. A statue of Orwell now stands outside Broadcasting House in London and he continues to tower over broadsheet journalism. His ghost is repeatedly summoned in the houses of Parliament and in schools across Britain. In Europe and the US, citizens confront the perennial question: 'What would Orwell say?'

Orwell is part of the political vocabulary of our times, yet partly due to this popularity, what he stands for remains opaque. His writing confirms deep and widely shared intuitions about political justice, but much of its enduring fascination derives from the fact that these intuitions don't quite add up. David Dwan accounts for these inconsistencies by exploring the broader moral conflict at the centre of Orwell's work and the troubled idealism it yields. Examining the whole sweep of Orwell's writings, this book shows how literature can be a rich source of political wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198738527
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/25/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Dwan is Associate Professor in English at Hertford College, Oxford. He writes on the relationship between literature and intellectual history, particularly moral and political philosophy, from the late eighteenth- to the early twentieth century.

Table of Contents

1. Liberty
2. Equality
3. Solidarity
4. Truth
5. Happiness

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