Fri, May 1, 2009 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
Julian Barnes has prepared a lecture for the next Britannia volume on George Orwell, the famous pen name of Eric Blair. His argument is that Orwell denounced the Empire, which pleased the Left; Communism, which pleased the right; and the misuse of language, which pleased everyone. He was known for straight thinking and honest writing. Yet he once wrote that all art or writing to some extent is propaganda. Did Orwell live up to his own standards of accuracy or did he too sometimes succumb to
Julian Barnes is the novelist, essayist, and critic. His most recent book is Nothing to be Frightened Of. Barbara Harlow is Professor of English and an authority on English literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has done research in South Africa and Egypt and is perhaps the leading University of Texas faculty member in the national protest against the CIA's use of torture. Miguel Gonzalez-Gerth is a founding member of the British Studies seminar, a poet, and the internationally recognized authority on the Mexican revolution and the Spanish civil war. He regularly teaches a course on Orwell.