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Mired as we are in what have come to be called “post-truth” culture, “alternative facts,” and “Orwellian” language, we might do well to turn to Orwell himself. His essay, “Politics and the English Language,” has never felt more vital or more discerning. Language shapes politics, just as politics shapes language, and, as Orwell says, “the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” In this one-day seminar we’ll explore how both Orwell and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison have sought to expose, and weaken, the link between political orthodoxy and degraded language. One session.
Matt Laufer holds a PhD from Columbia University and has taught literature at Columbia, Barnard College, and various college preparatory schools. He has published articles on Nabokov, Melville, and Woolf.
- George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language” (1946): https://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit/
- Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture (1993): https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1993/morrison/lecture/
- Please read both of the above pieces before arriving for this one-session seminar.