Orwell: A Writer for Our Times


Course Description

George Orwell is considered an enormously important figure in our culture. How and why has his work become so central to our understanding of the previous century and of our own as well?

Why does Orwell’s 1984 matter so much now, considering that it was published over 70 years ago? Big Brother, Doublethink, Newspeak are now part of our common vocabulary. Are the insights that ground the novel, our core text, timeless or merely prescient?

In addition to 1984, we will read a selection of Orwell’s essays, including “Why I Write” and “Politics and the English Language,” as well as samples of his thoughts on the subject of truth and lies taken from his novels and non-fiction. How do critiques by writers such as Czesɬaw Miɬosz, Arthur Koestler, and others allow us to have a better understanding of the problems of modern humankind that George Orwell wrote about?

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday, January 10th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Irene Menear, Sara Pistolesi and Peter Jankowski

Course Fee: 


$100.00 (for new students)


Reading Fee:




$135.00 (for new students)

NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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