Tangential Criticisms

  • Ian Williams
Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)


The author examines the dichotomy for critics still under the spell of the former Soviet Union, who cannot forgive Orwell for attacking it—even though his charges were all essentially validated and even amplified by Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev in 1956. It was the “thoughtcrime” itself they objected to rather than the specific allegations, which is why they often now resort to tangential criticisms—for example Orwell’s lack of feminist sensibilities when covering Lancashire miners in the 30s.


Beatrix Campbell Raymond Williams Alice in Wonderland Alice Through the Looking Glass Darkness at Noon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bard Center for Globalization and International AffairsManhattanUSA

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