George Orwell's masterpiece was written in 1949. A novel about language, oppression, and power, Orwell's work is hardly original in that he drew heavily from two previous works of literature: Yevgeny Zamyatin's We (1924) and his own Brave New World (1932). This course will focus on the construction of a political dystopia within the context of the forces of the 20th century, and will consider the ongoing influence of the novel on what will come. How did Orwell use the previous two books to construct 1984? Students are encouraged to read 1984 in advance of this class.
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2 sessions: June 22 and 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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