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The language of George Orwell

Author: Roger Fowler
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Series: Language of literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"George Orwell is best known for his two late books, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four: the former an allegory of revolution betrayed told in a beast fable of the purest simplicity of style; the latter a violent and pessimistic nightmare of life under totalitarianism. He wrote much more, however: a dozen books in all, including novels, plus documentary works, and hundreds of essays, reviews and other writings. He  Read more...
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Named Person: George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Fowler
ISBN: 0312126425 9780312126421
OCLC Number: 31901387
Description: x, 249 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Orwell's Life and Career --
2. Preliminaries. The Styles of George Orwell. Linguistic Criticism --
3. Orwell's Views on Language. Language and Class. 'That horrible plummy voice from the radio'. Demotic Speech. Spoken and Written Language, and Standard English. 'A catalogue of swindles and perversions'. Language and Thought. 'An instrument which we shape for our own purposes' --
4. A Personal Voice. Linguistic Varieties. Examples of the Personal Style. Linguistic Markers of Orwell's Idiolect. Orwell Over the Top --
5. Versions of Realism. The Three 'Realisms': Brief Characterisation. Descriptive Realism and the Sense of 'place'. Naturalism and Surrealism in Down and Out in Paris and London. Naturalism in Homage to Catalonia. Realism, Judgement and Symbolism in The Road to Wigan Pier --
6. Voices of the Other. Heteroglossia. Literary Representation of Speech. English Dialects and Accents in the Early Fiction. Experiment in Polyphony: the Trafalgar Square Chapter in A Clergyman's Daughter --
7. Further Aspects of Style. The Picturesque. Heteroglossia in Burmese Days --
8. Point of View in Orwell's Fiction. The Mind-style of Gordon Comstock. Self-narration: Coming Up for Air --
9. Animal Farm. Narrative Style in Animal Farm. Focalisation, Empathy and Distance. The Rhetoric of Dominance and the Perversion of Language --
10. Nineteen Eighty-Four. Focalisation: The Hyperconscious Anti-hero. Memory, Dream and Hallucination. The Golden Country. Sordid Realism. Violence.
Series Title: Language of literature.
Responsibility: Roger Fowler.

Abstract:

"George Orwell is best known for his two late books, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four: the former an allegory of revolution betrayed told in a beast fable of the purest simplicity of style; the latter a violent and pessimistic nightmare of life under totalitarianism. He wrote much more, however: a dozen books in all, including novels, plus documentary works, and hundreds of essays, reviews and other writings. He was a craftsman in language, with his own strong personal voice and also a command of a whole range of literary and journalistic styles. Orwell was accomplished in many shades of realist writing, from documentary through naturalism to surrealism; he mastered picturesque and pastoral styles as well as trenchant parody; and he was adept at rendering the inner life of thought and feeling." "The Language of George Orwell is the first detailed study of Orwell's language and style. Drawing on contemporary critical theory and the analytic methods of linguistic criticism, Roger Fowler sheds new light on Orwell's achievement as a literary artist who engaged passionately with the life and ideas of his time. This novel approach, which will be of great interest to students and to others who wish to know Orwell's work better, is accessible to those without a linguistic training; technical terms are kept to a minimum, and are carefully explained."--Jacket.

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