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On Nineteen Eighty Four

Author : Abbott Gleason
ISBN : 9781400826643
Genre : Political Science
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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is among the most widely read books in the world. For more than 50 years, it has been regarded as a morality tale for the possible future of modern society, a future involving nothing less than extinction of humanity itself. Does Nineteen Eighty-Four remain relevant in our new century? The editors of this book assembled a distinguished group of philosophers, literary specialists, political commentators, historians, and lawyers and asked them to take a wide-ranging and uninhibited look at that question. The editors deliberately avoided Orwell scholars in an effort to call forth a fresh and diverse range of responses to the major work of one of the most durable literary figures among twentieth-century English writers. As Nineteen Eighty-Four protagonist Winston Smith has admirers on the right, in the center, and on the left, the contributors similarly represent a wide range of political, literary, and moral viewpoints. The Cold War that has so often been linked to Orwell's novel ended with more of a whimper than a bang, but most of the issues of concern to him remain alive in some form today: censorship, scientific surveillance, power worship, the autonomy of art, the meaning of democracy, relations between men and women, and many others. The contributors bring a variety of insightful and contemporary perspectives to bear on these questions.


Author : George Orwell
ISBN : 9781784043735
Genre : Fiction
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George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, making famous Big Brother, newspeak and Room 101. 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'

The Future Of Nineteen Eighty Four

Author : Ejner J. Jensen
ISBN : UOM:39015013971596
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Revised Orwell

Author : Jonathan Rose
ISBN : UOM:39015025250203
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Written to address recent discussions of George Orwell's novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, this impressive collection of interpretive writing debates the work's value as a portent for our future and questions much of the second-guessing that has taken place about how Orwell might have responded to events he did not live to see. Essays included in the work were prepared by scholars from a broad range of disciplines--intellectual historians, literary critics, experts on communication, psychologists, students of popular culture, sociologists, linguists, and classicists--to generate fresh new perspectives on Orwell and the Orwellian myth. Included among the essays is one of the first Soviet critiques of Nineteen Eighty-Four to appear in English translation; the piece was previously published in the Russian literary magazine Novy Mir in 1989. Several essays discuss the novel's literary artistry, its popular and modernist appeal, as well as the ways in which Orwell made use of psychoanalytic techniques. The Revised Orwell contains a lively selection of scholarly writing that reveals Orwell to be a controversial, politically idiosyncratic writer, but one well within the mainstream of British cultural history. These works are solidly researched and fully developed; they will make lasting contributions to Orwell studies.

1984 Nineteen Eighty Four

Author : George Orwell
ISBN : 9781783195602
Genre : Drama
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April, 1984. Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwells fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new adaptation exploring why Orwells vision of the future is as relevant as ever.

An Introduction To Religion And Literature

Author : Mark Knight
ISBN : 9781441117878
Genre : Religion
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Religion has always been an integral part of the literary tradition: many canonical and non-canonical texts engage extensively with religious ideas, and the development of English Literature as a professional discipline began with an explicit consideration of the relationship between religion and literature. Literature also plays an important role in religious writing, as twentieth-century work on narrative theology has acknowledged. Both the recent theological turn of literary theory and the renewed political significance of religious debate in contemporary western culture have generated further interest in this interdisciplinary area. An Introduction to Religion and Literature offers a lucid, accessible and thoughtful introduction to the study of religion and literature. While the focus is on Christian theology and post-1800 British literature, substantial reference is made to earlier writers, texts from North America and mainland Europe, and other faith positions. Each chapter takes up a major theological idea and explores it through close readings of well-known and influential literary texts.

Nineteen Eighty Four

Author : Patrick Reilly
ISBN : STANFORD:36105003779894
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Reilly draws a parallel between Nineteen Eighty-Four and Gulliver's Travels; he discusses the novel in terms of the myth, Jack the Giant-Killer; and he shows how Orwell charted the decline of religion.

Brave New Words

Author : Jeff Prucher
ISBN : 9780199885527
Genre : Reference
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Winner of a 2008 Hugo Award, this new paperback takes readers on spectacular tour of the language created by science fiction. From "Stargate" to "Force Field," this dictionary opens a fascinating window into an entire genre, through the words invented by science fiction's most talented writers, critics, and fans. Each entry includes numerous citations of the word's usage, from the earliest known appearance forward. Drawn not only from science fiction novels and stories, citations also come from fanzines, screenplays, comics, songs, and the Internet.

Nineteen Eighty Four

Author : George Orwell
ISBN : 1943138435
Genre : Dystopias
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Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a "Negative Utopia," watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by.


Author : Gregory Claeys
ISBN : 9780198785682
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Dystopia: A Natural History is the first monograph devoted to the concept of dystopia. Taking the term to encompass both a literary tradition of satirical works, mostly on totalitarianism, as well as real despotisms and societies in a state of disastrous collapse, this volume redefines the central concepts and the chronology of the genre and offers a paradigm-shifting understanding of the subject. Part One assesses the theory and prehistory of 'dystopia'. By contrast to utopia, conceived as promoting an ideal of friendship defined as 'enhanced sociability', dystopia is defined by estrangement, fear, and the proliferation of 'enemy' categories. A 'natural history' of dystopia thus concentrates upon the centrality of the passion or emotion of fear and hatred in modern despotisms. The work of Le Bon, Freud, and others is used to show how dystopian groups use such emotions. Utopia and dystopia are portrayed not as opposites, but as extremes on a spectrum of sociability, defined by a heightened form of group identity. The prehistory of the process whereby 'enemies' are demonised is explored from early conceptions of monstrosity through Christian conceptions of the devil and witchcraft, and the persecution of heresy. Part Two surveys the major dystopian moments in twentieth century despotisms, focussing in particular upon Nazi Germany, Stalinism, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and Cambodia under Pol Pot. The concentration here is upon the political religion hypothesis as a key explanation for the chief excesses of communism in particular. Part Three examines literary dystopias. It commences well before the usual starting-point in the secondary literature, in anti-Jacobin writings of the 1790s. Two chapters address the main twentieth-century texts usually studied as representative of the genre, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The remainder of the section examines the evolution of the genre in the second half of the twentieth century down to the present.

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