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On Nineteen Eighty-Four : Orwell and Our Future - Prof. Abbott Gleason

On Nineteen Eighty-Four

Orwell and Our Future

By: Prof. Abbott Gleason (Editor), Jack L. Goldsmith (Editor), Martha C. Nussbaum (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th May 2005
ISBN: 9780691113616
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

"In addition to furthering the dialog about the continued importance of Orwell's novel, this new collection shows how Nineteen Eighty-Four has renewed significance in a post-9/11 world."--Janine Utell, College Literature

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Politics and the Literary Imaginationp. 11
A Defense of Poesy (The Treatise of Julia)p. 13
Doublespeak and the Minority of Onep. 29
Of Beasts and Men: Orwell on Beastlinessp. 38
Does Literature Work as Social Science? by The Case of George Orwell
Truth, Objectivity, and Propagandap. 71
Puritanism and Power Politics during the Cold War: George Orwell and Historical Objectivityp. 73
Rorty and Orwell on Truthp. 86
From Ingsoc and Newspeak to Amcap, Amerigood, and Marketspeakp. 112
Political Coercionp. 125
Mind Control in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: Fictional Concepts Become Operational Realities in Jim Jones's Jungle Experimentp. 127
Whom Do You Trust? What Do You Count On?
Technology and Privacyp. 181
Orwell versus Huxley: Economics, Technology, Privacy, and Satirep. 183
On the Internet and the Benign Invasions of Nineteen Eighty-Fourp. 212
The Self-Preventing Prophecy; or, How a Dose of Nightmare Can Help Tame Tomorrow's Perils
Sex and Politicsp. 231
Sexual Freedom and Political Freedomp. 233
Sex, Law, Power, and Communityp. 242
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Catholicism, and the Meaning of Human Sexualityp. 261
Conclusionp. 277
The Death of Pity: Orwell and American Political Lifep. 279
Contributorsp. 301
Index 305
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ISBN: 9780691113616
ISBN-10: 0691113610
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 29th May 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.29 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46