Critical Insights: Nineteen Eighty-Four

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Thomas Horan
September 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-118-9
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In-depth critical discussions of George Orwell's novel - Plus complimentary, unlimited online access to the full content of this great literary reference.

The Novel that popularized the term Orwellian depicts one of the classic dystopias of all time: a totalitarian society where Big Brother watches every move, history is revised to suit the Party's wishes, and Thought Police torture suspected "thoughtcriminals." This title contextualizes George Orwell's final and finest novel within the author's multidisciplinary oeuvre, the complex cultural climate of its composition, and the diverse range of critical responses to the text. In his dystopian masterpiece, George Orwell deftly weaves political satire, cultural studies, linguistics, and prescient caveats into a haunting narrative replete with unforgettable characters and enduring motifs. 

This volume includes essays that profile the life of George Orwell and his politics, as well as compare Nineteen Eighty-Four to other dystopian novels such as Brave New World, We, and Fahrenheit 451. Other topics include Owell's "Notes on Nationalism," Power and the primal family, and extremist politics in Britain. 

Each Critical Insights Edition is divided into four sections: An Introduction, Critical Contexts, Critical Readings, and Resources. In Critical Contexts, the provided essays aim to provide a background to the title, author, or theme that is historical, cultural, and biographical foundation for the reader. The essays in Critical Readings utilize common critcal approaches to further analyze the author's work, or specific works according to the selected theme.  Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index