THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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George Orwell Literary Criticism

Nineteen Eighty-Four

A paper by Douglas Kellner analyzing Orwell's critique of totalitarian communism in 1984. Kellner looks at the language and politics employed in the novel and also makes comparisons with the theories and ideas of Herbert Marcuse.
An essay by Matthew Schneider of High Point University exploring the various functions of Newspeak, in an analysis that argues against Generative Anthropology, and examines in particular the character Emmanuel Goldstein - Ingsoc's arch-enemy.
An essay by Malcolm Pittock exploring many aspects of the novel, including contextual and biographical influences; analysis of the central protagonist and several scenes, as well as close readings of numerous extracts.
An essay by L. J. Hurst featuring a comparativie analysis of this novel and John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids.
Article by Robert McCrum for The Guardian newspaper about the creation of the novel.

Animal Farm

An article by Howard M. Unger about Orwell and Marx, claiming that Animal Farm represents Orwell's criticism of Marxism, and an explication of his own social theory.

Coming Up for Air

An essay by Simon Goulding which explores various aspects of the suburban space in which this novel is set and how it impacts on its characters.