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On Nineteen Eighty-Four:
Orwell and Our Future
Edited by Abbott Gleason, Jack Goldsmith, & Martha C. Nussbaum

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Dedicatory Foreword by Barbara S. Kirschner, M.D. ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction by Abbott Gleason and Martha C. Nussbaum 1

PART I: POLITICS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION 11

A Defense of Poesy (The Treatise of Julia) by Elaine Scarry 13
Doublespeak and the Minority of One by Homi K. Bhabha 29
Of Beasts and Men: Orwell on Beastliness by Margaret Drabble 38
Does Literature Work as Social Science? by The Case of George Orwell by Richard A. Epstein 49

PART II: TRUTH, OBJECTIVITY, AND PROPAGANDA 71

Puritanism and Power Politics during the Cold War: George Orwell and Historical Objectivity by Abbott Gleason 73
Rorty and Orwell on Truth by James Conant 86
From Ingsoc and Newspeak to Amcap, Amerigood, and Marketspeak by Edward S. Herman 112

PART III: POLITICAL COERCION 125

Mind Control in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four: Fictional Concepts Become Operational Realities in Jim Jones's Jungle Experiment by Philip G. Zimbardo 127
Whom Do You Trust? What Do You Count On? by Darius Rejali 155

PART IV: TECHNOLOGY AND PRIVACY 181

Orwell versus Huxley: Economics, Technology, Privacy, and Satire by Richard A. Posner 183
On the Internet and the Benign Invasions of Nineteen Eighty-Four by Lawrence Lessig 212
The Self-Preventing Prophecy; or, How a Dose of Nightmare Can Help Tame Tomorrow's Perils by David Brin 222

PART V: SEX AND POLITICS 231

Sexual Freedom and Political Freedom by Cass R. Sunstein 233
Sex, Law, Power, and Community by Robin West 242
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Catholicism, and the Meaning of Human Sexuality by John Haldane 261
CONCLUSION 277
The Death of Pity: Orwell and American Political Life by Martha C. Nussbaum 279

Contributors 301
Index 305

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