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S17C5 George Orwell: Truth-Sayer/Soothsayer

The course will provide an overview of Orwell's eventful life (1903-1950) before examining individual examples of essays that display his famous dedication to independent thinking and truth-telling. Among the pieces for discussion are "Such, Such Were the Joys…" and the influential "Politics and the English Language." The course will conclude with a consideration of "Nineteen Eighty-Four", Orwell's nightmare version of the future. A film version of the novel will be shown at the last class meeting.

Instructor: LLI member Robin McNallie, having taught JMU undergrads from 1965-1998, gladly transitioned into sharing his passion for literature with fellow-retirees. He has taught more than 20 LLI courses, most recently "Who's Afraid of Henry James?", "Not a Quadrille in a Ballroom: Literary Responses to World War I", and "The Dark Worlds of Poe, Hawthorne and Melville."


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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