Margaret Atwood: A Career Spent “Working the Wars”

Margaret Atwood has enjoyed a genre and medium spanning career very few other authors have achieved: her published fictional novels include The Handmaid’s Tale (1985,) a post-apocalyptic work of social criticism which has recently inspired a popular television show; Oryx and Crake (2003,) a well-known work of science fiction; and Alias Grace (1996,) a work […]

Newspeak, Computability, and the Subject of the Master’s Discourse

“You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words—scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone” (Orwell 69). In Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother’s primary goal is the total mind and body subjugation of those […]

Locating the Master – A Study of A Passage to India and 1984

Introduction This paper requires both an introduction and disclaimer: I will be approaching the subject of colonialism from an angle some may find offensive. My purpose is not to minimize the profound social harms inflicted upon those subject to colonial oppression, nor is my intent to provide any form of justification for said harms. Rather, […]