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

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Goodall, Peter. 2012. "Human values in a mass society: a reading of George Orwell's novels." Semler, L. E., Hodge, Bob and Kelly, Philippa (ed.) What is the human? Australian voices from the humanities. Melbourne, Australia. Australian Scholarly Publishing. pp. 139-153
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Human values in a mass society: a reading of George Orwell's novels

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1273
Book TitleWhat is the human? Australian voices from the humanities
Authors
AuthorGoodall, Peter
EditorsSemler, L. E., Hodge, Bob and Kelly, Philippa
Page Range139-153
Chapter Number9
Number of Pages15
Year2012
PublisherAustralian Scholarly Publishing
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9781921875601
Abstract

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.

KeywordsGeorge Orwell; 1984; human; proles; privacy; big brother; surveillance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470504. British and Irish literature
449999. Other human society not elsewhere classified
500305. Epistemology
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© 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.

Byline AffiliationsMacquarie University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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