George Orwell: Seventy Years On New Approaches

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George Orwell: Seventy Years On New Approaches

Orwell is better known today than when he died seventy years ago in January, 1950. Inspired by that anniversary and a course Priya Satia and Alex Woloch gave on Orwell at Stanford University last Spring the Stanford History Department is sponsoring a virtual roundtable on new directions in Orwell studies, presented in the rather Orwellian atmosphere of zoom events. Each participant will make a brief presentation and there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions and comments from the audience. Please join us from around the world.

Christopher Angel is an award-winning filmmaker.  Christopher is currently adapting and expanding Peter Stansky’s ground-breaking biography Orwell: The Transformation, into a five part limited series for London-based Fury Films.

John Rodden is a writer and historian and the author of many books about Orwell, his latest being Becoming George Orwell: Life and Letters, Legend and Legacy.

Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian, and activist and the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including Whose Story Is This?Call Them By Their True Names (Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction). 

Priya Satia is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History and Professor of History at Stanford. She specializes in modern British and British empire history, especially in the Middle East and South Asia. Her latest book is Time’s Monster.

Peter Stansky is Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University.

Alex Woloch is Richard W. Lyman Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English, Stanford University.  He teaches and writes about literary criticism, narrative theory, the history of the novel, and nineteenth and twentieth-century literature.  He is the author of Or Orwell.