Human values in a mass society: a reading of George Orwell's novels

Goodall, Peter (2012) Human values in a mass society: a reading of George Orwell's novels. In: What is the human? Australian voices from the humanities. Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 139-153. ISBN 978-1-921875-60-1

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Orwell's 1984 is a sustained meditation on what it means to be 'human', especially in the mass societies of the future. Orwell links humane values, not to the privileged or the intelligentsia, but to the common people. This view of the human has its roots in Orwell's work from the beginning, but it reaches its final statement - albeit an ambiguous one - in his final novel, 1984.

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Additional Information: © L. E. Semler, Bob Hodge and Philippa Kelly 2012. Originally presented as a paper at: The Human and Humanities in Literature, Language and Culture, 4-6 Feb 2009, Sydney, Australia.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2013 23:44
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: George Orwell; 1984; human; proles; privacy; big brother; surveillance
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220304 Epistemology
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470504 British and Irish literature
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449999 Other human society not elsewhere classified
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500305 Epistemology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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