Little Nephews: the Literary Offspring of Nineteen Eighty-Four's Big Brother

Join us as Dr Adam Stock traces some of the ways in which works of literature, film, TV and graphic novels from the 1950s to the present have engaged with Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel.


Mon, 19 Jun 2017
18:15 to 19:30



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Since the election of the current US President, sales of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four have spiked. But so too have other dystopias, from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1953). In this talk, York St. John English Literature lecturer Dr Adam Stock suggests that Orwell’s continued relevance is not just about themes of surveillance and manipulating information. The continued fascination with Orwell’s work says something too about the genre of dystopian fiction, and the important stories which writers in literature, film, TV, graphic novels and other forms use similar storytelling techniques to create their nightmare worlds.



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Dr Adam Stock

Lecturer in English Literature at York St John University.