A 'Shallow Piece of Naughtiness': George Orwell on Political Realism

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Title A 'Shallow Piece of Naughtiness': George Orwell on Political Realism
Author Hall, Christopher Ian
Journal Name Millennium: Journal of International Studies
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Abstract George Orwell's concern for political language and political morality has long been recognised, but his thought on 'political realism' has not received the attention that it deserves, especially from scholars of International Relations. This article examines his treatment of realism in his journalism of the 1940s and in his last novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. It argues that although Orwell's account, assembled from his study of the political discourse of his day and the work of contemporary intellectuals, was deeply flawed, it asked important questions about the account of political motivation underpinning realism. It suggests that Orwell intended Nineteen Eighty-Four to satirise or parody the idea of 'power-hunger' he thought realists depended upon and to demonstrate how realism might generate its own form of totalitarianism.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://mil.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/03058298080360020101
Volume 36
Issue Number 2
Page from 191
Page to 215
ISSN 0305-8298
Date Accessioned 2009-02-24
Date Available 2009-11-10T05:58:40Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26563
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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