By Stephen Ingle
Stephen Ingle is Professor on the Politics division, college of Stirling. His major educational pursuits are within the dating among politics and literature and in adverse (two social gathering) politics, in particular within the united kingdom.
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Extra info for The Social and Political Thought of George Orwell: A Reassessment
In Chapter 5 we shall be examining Orwell the patriot, primarily through The Lion and the Unicorn and Coming Up for Air. Chapter 6 will be concerned with Orwell’s reaction to the threat of totalitarianism, principally through Nineteen Eighty Four, and essays such as No Orchids for Miss Blandish. Chapter 7 will consider Orwell’s general theories on the nature of socialism as a political and moral system. The chief work studied here will be A Clergyman’s Daughter. Finally, Chapter 8 will summarise Orwell’s socialism, categorise it and assess its signiﬁcance for modern social and political thought generally.
Here we ﬁnd superlative essays, journalism of the highest quality, documentary writing of sheer brilliance, and novels that, for all their faults, contain memorably incisive passages. He possessed the ability to bring the issues about which he wrote so forcefully to our attention that we are obliged to take notice. Although the biographers and commentators whose work we have discussed all acknowledge, to varying degrees, Orwell’s status as an imaginative writer, none, even Rodden whose focus was probably closer than that of any of the others, seems prepared to take account of what this might imply in terms of analysing Orwell’s social and political thought.
The rich and the strong – the same thing really – always won, and since morality was their agent, they always deserved to win. The depiction of his school days after nearly forty 40 The shadow of imperialism years represented one obvious illustration of the attempt to apply the imperialist model to a different setting. It was one illustration, but not the chief one: that was to be his exploration of the nature of class relations in Britain, and it was the one to which, following his return from Burma, Orwell devoted his life and sacriﬁced his health.
The Social and Political Thought of George Orwell: A Reassessment by Stephen Ingle