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Title:There's No Place Like Home: Orwell and a Return to the Domestic Sphere
Author(s):Flisk, Melissa
Subject(s):Capitalism, Domestic Sphere, George Orwell, Mass Culture, National Decline
Abstract:In his novels Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) and Coming Up for Air (1939), George Orwell depicts the world of the lower-middle class in the English suburbs during the Interwar period in the 1930s. Through the eyes of his two male protagonists Gordon Comstock of Keep the Aspidistra Flying and George Bowling of Coming Up for Air, Orwell shows the struggles of the middle class Englishman as he attempts to break from the imperfect society in which he lives. However, these novels, written rather early in Orwell’s career, are understudied and overshadowed by his later works; in my paper I reopen a discussion of Orwell’s earlier works, which are rich in complexity and dialectical in nature. In this paper I will argue that the novels do not end in a retreat to the domestic sphere, but may in fact support the average, middle-class Englishman’s attempt to live decently and raise a family.
Issue Date:2015
Rights Information:Copyright 2015, Melissa Flisk
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-06-05

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