Author: Ezio Di Nucci
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
Release Date: 2018-05-18
Although the year 1984 is hurtling back into the distant past, Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four continues to have a huge readership and to help shape the world of 2084. Sales of Orwell’s terrifying tale have recently spiked because of current worries about alternate facts, post-truth, and fake news. 1984 and Philosophy brings together brand new, up-to-the-minute thinking by philosophers about Nineteen Eighty-Four as it relates to today’s culture, politics, and everyday life. Some of the thinking amounts to thoughtcrime, but we managed to sneak it past the agents of the Ministry of Truth, so this is a book to be read quickly before the words on the page mysteriously transform into something different. Who’s controlling our lives and are they getting even more levers to control us? Is truth objective or just made up? What did Orwell get right—and did he get some things wrong? Are social media opportunities for liberation or instruments of oppression? How can we fight back against totalitarian control? Can Big Brother compel us to love him? How does the language we use affect the way we think? Do we really need the unifying power of hate? Why did Orwell make Nineteen Eighty-Four so desperately hopeless? Can science be protected from poisonous ideology? Can we really believe two contradictory things at once? Who surveils the surveilors?
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2008 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,3, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf (Anglistisches Institut), Veranstaltung: Utopian Novels, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Wer immer den Wert der Literatur spurt, wer immer die zentrale Rolle sieht, die sie in der Entwicklung der Menschheitsgeschichte spielt, muss auch erkennen, dass es eine Frage von Leben und Tod ist, sich dem Totalitarismus zu widersetzen (...)." George Orwell In einer Radioansprache der BBC im Jahre 1941 spricht George Orwell diese eindringliche Warnung vor der totalitaren Regierungsform aus. Zu einer Zeit, in der sowohl in der UdSSR als auch Deutschland totalitare Diktaturen herrschen, um sich greifen und damit uber ihre Grenzen hinaus Schrecken verbreiten. Als Zeitzeuge im nahegelegenen, vom Totalitarismus bedrohten Britannien erlebt der sich politisch zum demokratischen Sozialismus bekennende Orwell mit, wie die Volker unter Stalin und Hitler nach und nach Rechte und Freiheiten verlieren, belogen, entmundigt, unterdruckt, gefoltert und sogar getotet werden. Auch, wenn er sich in seiner Radiorede auf die drohende Frage des Uberlebens oder Sterbens der Literatur bezieht, so klingt trotzdem die Sorge aus diesen Worten, dass der Fall der freien Literatur nur ein Anfang sein kann. Ein Anfang, der ohne Widerstand einen vernichtenden Verlauf nehmen und in einem menschenverachtenden, totalitaren Staatssystem gipfeln kann, wie es Orwell in seiner Dystopie 1984 entworfen hat. Er vollendet den Roman 1948 und lasst darin seinen Hauptprotagonisten Winston Smith 36 Jahre spater, 1984, in einer unheilvollen Zukunft das perfektionierte, pervertierte totalitare Regime des Big Brother hinterfragen. Dass als real-historische Vorbilder dieses Staates Oceania" unter anderem die Diktaturen Stalins bzw. Hitlers dienten, ist naheliegend und wird auch von der Forschung klar dargelegt. So schreibt zum Beispiel John Atkins in seiner literarischen Studie George Owell" The rulers of 1984"
Summary of 1984: Signet Classics by George Orwell: Trivia Books Features You'll Discover Inside: - A comprehensive guide to aid in discussion & discovery - 30 multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters, and author - Insightful resource for teachers, groups, or individuals - Keep track of scores with results to determine "fan status" - Share with other book fans and readers for mutual enjoyment Disclaimer: This is an unofficial summary, analysis and trivia book to enhance a reader's experience to books they already love and appreciate. We encourage our readers to purchase the original book first before downloading this copy for your enjoyment.
Author: George P. Smith II
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2013-06-29
Improvement of man's genetic endowment by direct ac tions aimed at striving for the positive propagation of those with a superior genetic profile (an element of which is commonly recognized as a high intelligence quotient) or-conversely-delimitation of those with negative genetic inheritance has always remained a pri mary concern of the geneticist and the social engineer. Genetic integrity, eugenic advancement, and a strong genetic pool designed to eliminate illness and suffering have been the benchmarks of the "Genetic Movement" and the challenge of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. If the quality of life can in some way be either im proved or advanced by use of the law, then this policy must be developed and pursued. No longer does the Dostoyevskian quest to give life meaning through suf fering become an inescapable given. By and through the development and application of new scientific advances in the field of genetics (and especially genetic engi neering), the real potential exists to prevent, to a very vii Preface viii real extent, most human suffering before it ever mani fests itself in or through life. Freedom to undertake re search in the exciting and fertile frontiers of the "New Biology" and to master the Genetic Code must be nur tured and maintained. The search for the truth inevi tably prevents intellectual, social, and economic stag nation, as well as-ideally-frees all from anxiety and fright. Yet, there is a very real potential for this quest to confuse and confound.
Teaching the Canon in 21st Century Classrooms offers pedagogical applications and conceptualizations of canonical texts for 21st century students and classrooms through a variety of critical literacy perspectives.
Author: Arielle A. Smith
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Release Date: 2018-05-24
Genre: Social Science
Since the turn of the century Singapore has sustained a reputation for both austere governance and cutting-edge biomedical facilities and research. Seeking to emphasize Singapore’s capacity for “modern medicine” and strengthen their burgeoning biopharmaceutical industry, this image has explicitly excluded Chinese medicine – despite its tremendous popularity amongst Singaporeans from all walks of life, and particularly amongst Singapore’s ethnic Chinese majority. This book examines the use and practice of Chinese medicine in Singapore, especially in everyday life, and contributes to anthropological debates regarding the post-colonial intersection of knowledge, identity, and governmentality, and to transnational studies of Chinese medicine as a permeable, plural, and fluid practice.
Herman Melville's thrilling nautical adventure—a timeless allegory and an epic saga of heroic determination and conflict. At the heart of Moby-Dick is the powerful, unknowable sea—and Captain Ahab, a brooding, one-legged fanatic who has sworn vengeance on the mammoth white whale that crippled him. Narrated by Ishmael, a wayfarer who joins the crew of Ahab’s whaling ship, this is the story of that hair-raising voyage, and of the men who embraced hardship and nameless horrors as they dared to challenge God’s most dreaded creation and death itself for a chance at immortality. A novel that delves with astonishing vigor into the complex souls of men, Moby-Dick is an impassioned drama of the ultimate human struggle that the Atlantic Monthly called “the greatest of American novels.” With an Introduction by Elizabeth Renker and an Afterword by Christopher Buckley From the Paperback edition.
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Release Date: 2006-10-03
Classic tales of mystery, terror, imagination, and suspense from the celebrated master of the macabre. This volume gathers together fourteen of Edgar Allan Poe's richest and most influential tales, including: “The Pit and the Pendulum,” his reimagining of Inquisition tortures; “The Tell-Tale Heart,” an exploration of a murderer’s madness, which Stephen King called “the best tale of inside evil ever written”; “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe’s tour de force about a family doomed by a grim bloodline curse; and his pioneering detective stories, “The Purloined Letter” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” featuring a rational investigator with a poetic soul. Also included is Poe’s only full-length novel, Narrative of A. Gordon Pym. With an Introduction by Stephen Marlowe and an Afterword by Regina Marler
This Vintage Classics edition of James Joyce’s groundbreaking story collection has been authoritatively edited by scholars Hans Walter Gabler and Walter Hettche and includes a chronology, bibliography, and afterword by John S. Kelly. Also included in a special appendix are the original versions of three of the stories as well as Joyce's long-suppressed preface to Dubliners. With the fifteen stories in Dubliners Joyce reinvented the art of fiction, using a scrupulous, deadpan realism to convey truths that were at once blasphemous and sacramental. Whether writing about the death of a fallen priest ("The Sisters"), the petty sexual and fiscal machinations of "Two Gallants," or of the Christmas party at which an uprooted intellectual discovers just how little he really knows about his wife ("The Dead"), Joyce takes narrative art to places it had never been before.
These assessment questions for Fahrenheit 451 are modeled after current testing models requiring students to revisit the text for answers. Students have to support their opinions and inferences with examples from the text.