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George Orwell Now!

Preface by Richard Blair, Son of George Orwell

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Richard Lance Keeble

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.
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George Orwell Now! / edited by Richard Lance Keeble. pages cm. — (Mass communication and journalism; Vol. 18) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Orwell, George, 1903–1950—Criticism and interpretation. 2. Orwell, George, 1903–1950. Nineteen eighty-four. 3. Orwell, George, 1903–1950—Influence. 4. Journalism and literature. 5. Mass media and literature. 6. Totalitarianism and literature. I. Keeble, Richard, editor. PR6029.R8Z675 828’.91209—dc23 2015019986 ISBN 978-1-4331-2983-4 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2982-7 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1669-8 (e-book) ISSN 2153-2761

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