It is difficult now to recall the enormous impact that George Orwell's classic dystopia, Nineteen Eighty-Four, had on the psyche of the western world. Written by a dying man in the grimmest of circumstances, the novel was intended as both a warning against totalitarianism and the debasement of language, and as a reaction to Orwell's personal experiences with English socialism and World War II. Clearly, "1984" has turned out differently than Orwell depicted. Yet the power of the novel remains undiminished: it continues to scare and enlighten future generations of readers nearly a half century after its original publication. Well-known scholar Robert Plank provides a psychological examination of the roots of Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the curious parallels between the book and its antecedents, including the film Citizen Kane, the novels of Dostoevsky and Kafka, the philosophy of Whorf, Orwell's own life and works, and many other obvious and hidden influences. Complete with chronology, notes, bibliographies, and index.
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For over twenty-five years, the English Novel Explication series has been providing students and teachers of literature and reference librarians with a thorough, easy-to-use reference to interpretations of works by novelists from the United Kingdom. The explications cited in these volumes are interpretations of the significance and the meaning of the novels, and can range from discussions of theme, imagery, or symbolism to diction or structure. All critical stances, including post-structuralist, deconstructionist, and semiotic, are included. Quick access to the material is provided via integrated author/title indexes. Organization is alphabetical by novelist, with authors followed by an alphabetical list of their works and dates of publication. Explications are cited by last name of author, and include title and page references, while a complete list of books and periodicals indexed follows the text.
Examines different aspects of Orwell's anti-utopian classic, with a biographical sketch of the author and critical essays on this work.