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Or Orwell
Author: Alex Woloch

ISBN: 9780674282483
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 19 November 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.8
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There have been many studies of George Orwell's life and work, but nothing quite like this book by Alex Woloch-an exuberant, revisionary account of Orwell's writing.



"Good prose is like a window-pane," Orwell famously avers. But what kind of literary criticism is possible, face-to-face with Orwell's plain-style prose? Too often this style has been either dismissed by a seemingly more savvy critical theory, or held up as a reprimand against the enterprise of theory. In a series of unusually close and intensive readings-focused on the unstable event of writing itself-Woloch recovers the radical and experimental energies of Orwell's prose. Against accounts that would quickly naturalize Orwell's truthfulness or reduce his window-pane prose to bad faith, Woloch's study bears down on a propulsive irony and formal restlessness that have always been intertwined with Orwell's plain-style. Such restlessness, far from diluting Orwell's democratic and socialist politics, is at its aesthetic and conceptual core.



The first half of Or Orwell ranges across his nonfiction prose, including ne...

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