2020 is the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s death. Join us to celebrate the many accomplishments and lasting legacy of this novelist, critic, and journalist, who challenged the ruling classes, championed human rights, and fought authoritarianism wherever he found it. Among the topics covered by the four leading Orwell scholars will be Orwell’s accounts of his time in Burma, and of the Spanish Civil War, his politics, and the dystopias for which he is so renowned.
10.00am Oriental Orwell
Professor Douglas Kerr
11.45am Orwell’s Kindness
Dr Nathan Waddell
2.00pm Propaganda and the Body in Orwell's Writings on the Spanish Civil War
Dr Lisa Mullen
3.45pm Orwell and Dystopia - Then and Now
Professor Gregory Claeys
5.00pm Course disperses
Kerr, D., George Orwell (Northcote House, 2003)
Crick, B., George Orwell: A Life (Penguin, 1992)
Rodden, J. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
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Gregory Claeys is Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books, including Searching for Utopia: the History of an Idea (Thames & Hudson, 2011), Dystopia: A Natural History (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Marx and Marxism (Penguin Books, 2018). Among his edited collections is The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is the current Chair of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe), and in 2018, his Dystopia: A Natural History won the Cantemir Prize for contributions to humanistic scholarship.
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Dr Ben Grant is a Lecturer in English Literature in the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. He has a research background in postcolonial studies and cultural translation. His first book, Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton: Power Play of Empire (2009), was about the iconic Victorian explorer and translator, Richard Francis Burton, who began his career as a spy in British India. Ben is also interested in all forms of brevity in literature, and his second book, The Aphorism and Other Short Forms (2016), aims to give a consolidated picture of the exciting and often marginalised genres of the aphorism and related short forms, such as the proverb and the fragment. Ben is currently working on life writing and autobiographical fiction, particularly in the work of Jenny Diski.
Douglas Kerr is author of George Orwell in the Writers and their Work series. His other books include Wilfred Owen’s Voices (Oxford University Press, 2003), Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing (Hong Kong University Press, 2008), and Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is a former Professor of English and Dean of Arts at the University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, London University.
Lisa Mullen is the Steven Isenberg Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford University. Her first book, Mid-Century Gothic: Uncanny Objects in British Literature and Culture after the Second World War, was published in 2019 by Manchester University Press; her next book will be called Orwell Unwell: Pathology and the Medical Imaginary in the Fiction and Journalism of George Orwell. She is also currently compiling a new edition of Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia for Oxford University Press.
Nathan Waddell is a Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of Modern John Buchan (2009), Modernist Nowheres (2012), and Moonlighting: Beethoven and Literary Modernism (Oxford UP, forthcoming June 2019). He's currently editing The Cambridge Companion to ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ for Cambridge University Press.
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