of the Course: George Orwell (1903-1950) is most widely known in the United
States as the author of Animal Farm and 1984. However, in addition
to writing a number of novels, Orwell was an accomplished reporter, essayist,
and reviewer. Regardless of format, almost all of Orwell's works dealt with
political problems and social criticism. Living through World War I, the Great
Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the Cold War, Orwell had to engage
with some of the most important issues that emerged during the twentieth century.
Many of these issues remain relevant in our own time, namely the struggle between
peace and war, wealth and poverty, freedom and tyranny, In this seminar, we
will read about the issues most dear to Orwell, placing them in their historical
context and relating them to Orwell's own particular experiences. We will read
a biography of Orwell before surveying some of his best or most interesting
works. These include short stories like "Killing an Elephant" (1936),
essays such as "Politics and the English Language" (1946), reportage,
including Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), and his lesser-known
novels like Coming up for Air (1939). Such works are interesting in their
own right, but they will also give us insight into his most influential works,
Animal Farm and 1984. Through your encounter with an interesting
and provocative mind like Orwell's, you will finish this course with a better
understanding of the great dilemmas of the twentieth century-many of which remain
with us today.
Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
is taught by: Professor Hugh Dubrulle
Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102
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