Critical Insights: Animal Farm, 1st Edition

  • Thomas Horan
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 1682179613
  • ISBN-13: 9781682179611
  • DDC: 823.912
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This book offers a multidisciplinary range of perspectives on George Orwell’s classic satire. and includes a consideration of the work’s rhetorical use by contemporary British politicians, a biopolitical reading of the text, a consideration of the work within the tradition of beast fables, an assessment within the tradition of literary anthropomorphism, an analysis of Orwell’s use of humor in the book, and a comparison of narrative strategies in Orwell’s works. Through this collection, readers will appreciate the book’s influence on literature, politics, sociology, and history.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
On Animal Farm.
Biography of George Orwell.
Critical Contexts.
1: His Fable, Right or Left: Orwell, Animal Farm, and the Politics of Critical Reception.
2: Animal Farm and the American Left, 1945-1947.
3: Rendering Animals: Thought for Food, Meat for Metaphor.
4: From “A Fairy Story” to “Darning a Worn-Out Sock, Cadging a Saccharine Tablet, Saving a Cigarette End”: Narrative Strategies in George Orwell's Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Critical Readings.
5: Are Rats Comrades? Metaphor and Allegory in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
6: Writing Revolution: Orwell's Not-So-Plain Style in Animal Farm.
7: “This World and the Next”: Religious Text and Subtext in Animal Farm.
8: “Just Smile and Nod”: The Absent Malcontent in Animal Farm.
9: From Eric to Tony Blair: Animal Farm in Modern British Political Discourse.
10: The Typecasting of Female Characters in George Orwell's Animal Farm and Disney's Zootopia.
11: Tensions, Tenor, and Vehicle: Animal Farm and the Evolution of the Animal Fable.
12: A Tale of Violence: Animal Farm as an Allegory of Social Order.
13: The Biopolitics of Totalitarianism in Orwell's Animal Farm.
14: The Function of Humor in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Chronology of George Orwell's Life.
Major Works by George Orwell.
About the Editor.