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Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

7. Part III – Philosophy

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the structure of Part III of the novel, focusing in particular on: (i) the timelessness of Winston’s experience in the Ministry of Love (“It might be twenty-four hour since he had eaten, it might be thirty-six”); (ii) the purpose of the succession of cellmates that Winston meets before his interview with O’Brien; and (iii) the political implications of Winston and O’Brien’s ‘discussion’ about epistemology (how we know things) and ontology (what exists).

Course

In this course, Dr Adam Stock (York St John University) explores George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. The first four modules cover historical and literary context, including the genre of the novel, the life and career of George Orwell himself, and the political ideologies that were swirling round Europe in thirties and forties and which left their mark on the novel. The following four modules focus on the text itself, thinking about its structure, and how it engages with the concepts of time and space, history and memory, epistemology and ontology and power and language. In the final three modules, we think about some critical approaches to the novel, focusing in particular on Orwell’s presentation of nature and the natural world, and of female characters in the novel.

Lecturer

Dr Adam Stock is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at York St John University. As a researcher, he specialises in the interdisciplinary areas of utopian studies, science fiction and modernisms. His book Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought: Narratives of World Politics (2019) examined dystopian fiction from the first half of the twentieth century, while he is currently interested in questions about boundaries and borderlands, spatialisation, and the temporalities of speculative fiction in the twentieth and twenty-first century.

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Stock, A. (2021, February 16). Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four - Part III – Philosophy [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/orwell-nineteen-eighty-four-stock/part-iii-philosophy

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Stock, Adam. "Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four – Part III – Philosophy." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 16 Feb 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/orwell-nineteen-eighty-four-stock/part-iii-philosophy