Orwellian Visions


Creina Mansfield

The adjective “Orwellian” is widely used –  and misused. We shall explore its meaning by discussing, in general, George Orwell’s later novels and extracts from essays. (You do not have to have any of these).
Then we shall turn to a novel by a Nobel prize-winner in which discontent is rife in America. From the political margins appears a charismatic presidential candidate, an ‘inspired guesser at what political doctrines the people would like’. Sweeping to power he promises wealth for all and the dawn of a glorious new era. As the president becomes increasingly autocratic, some are worried.
And then, we turn back to Orwell, to the novel published as the world was going to change.

  • It can’t happen here (1935) by Sinclair Lewis.
  • Coming up for Air (1939) by George Orwell

The eight-week course will finally look at a more recent dystopian vision of American, by one of its leading writers.

The plot against America (2006) by Philip Roth

  • 8 Week course:

Day:  Wednesdays                Time: 1.30-3.30 pm.

Dates:  8 weeks, from April 26th-June 14th, 2017.

Address:
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester
M13 9LW

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£85  £80* 11 35

*If you have a valid annual entrance ticket to the Elizabeth Gaskell House.

To book please contact Creina Mansfield
emailcreina.m@hotmail.com  phone: 01625 511581

  • 6 Week course:

Day:  Fridays                Time: 10am– 12pm.

Dates:  6 weeks, from June 2nd-July 7th
Address:
Prestbury Methodist Hall
Macclesfield Road
Prestbury
SK10 4BN   

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£55 11 35

To book please contact Creina Mansfield
emailcreina.m@hotmail.com  phone: 01625 511581

 

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