Thursday, May 25 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street
For some inexplicable reason, George Orwell's 1949 work 1984 rose to the top of bestseller lists in January 2017, with extra demand prompting publishers suddenly to produce and distribute thousands more copies of the classic dystopian novel. Whether or not one sees echoes of Orwell's disturbing themes emerging in today's America is purely a matter of opinion but it is a fascinating subject for debate. Join Travis D. Williams and Carolyn Betensky of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Department of English for a community discussion of the novel.
Travis D. Williams is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Rhode Island(URI). He is the author of many articles and editor of Shakespeare Up Close: Reading Early Modern Texts (Arden, 2012). Carolyn Betensky is Associate Professor of English, translator of Eugene Sue’s The Mysteries of Paris (Penguin Classics, 2015) and author of Feeling for the Poor: Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel (University of Virginia Press, 2010).The discussion is made possible by the Moveable Feast of Ideas, a new initiative of URI.