Political and Cultural Perceptions of George Orwell

British and American Views

  • Ian Williams

Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ian Williams
    Pages 1-5
  3. Choking with Rage: Doublethink and Criticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Ian Williams
      Pages 19-22
    3. Ian Williams
      Pages 23-30
    4. Ian Williams
      Pages 31-34
  4. In Memoriam—Retrospective Views

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Ian Williams
      Pages 37-39
    3. Ian Williams
      Pages 45-55
  5. Beyond the Telescreen—Snitching, Snooping and Surveillance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Ian Williams
      Pages 59-62
    3. Ian Williams
      Pages 63-67
    4. Ian Williams
      Pages 69-75
  6. What Is Left?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Ian Williams
      Pages 79-80
    3. Ian Williams
      Pages 81-85
    4. Ian Williams
      Pages 87-98
  7. Interlude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99

About this book

Introduction

This book analyzes George Orwell’s politics and their reception across both sides of the Atlantic. It considers Orwell’s place in the politics of his native Britain and his reception in the USA, where he has had some of his most fervent emulators, exegetists, and detractors. Written by an ex “teenage Maoist” from Liverpool, UK, who now lives and writes in New York, the book points out how often the different strands of opinion derive from “ancestral” ideological struggles within the Communist/Trotskyist movement in the 30’s, and how these often overlook or indeed consciously ignore the indigenous British politics and sociology that did so much to influence Orwell’s political and literary development.  It examines in the modern era what Orwell did in his–the seductions of simplistic and absolutist ideologies for some intellectuals, especially in their reactions to Orwell himself.

Keywords

George Orwell literature and politics language and politics socialist left conservative journalism Leon Trotsky Newspeak ideology ideologies political theory political philosophy history

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Bard Center for Globalization and International AffairsNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95254-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, New York
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95253-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95254-0
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