COD 2020 - S698

Webinar - Orwell's 1984 dystopia in the XXI century (Set texts for IGCSE 2020 and 2021 examinations)

IGCSE Literature teachers; teachers/schools who wish to introduce IGCSE English Literature in their curriculum

1 sessions, start: 30-Jun

Course detail

Year: 2020
Level: Secondary
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: Distance
Facilitator/s: Eugenio López Arriazu PhD
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 1200.00
Non affiliate
ARS 1200.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 30 June 2020 05:30 pm 07:00 pm


Eugenio López Arriazu

Eugenio is a Ph. D. in Literature from UBA. He graduated from I. S. P. Joaquín V. González as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, and from the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UBA, as Licenciado en Letras and Profesor de Lengua y Literatura. He currently teaches Literatures in English and Literary Theory at the Diplomatura Superior en Cs. del Lenguaje, I.S.P.J.V. González, and American Literature and Slavic Literatures at the UBA. He has taught Introduction to Literature, American Literature, and English Literature I and II at several Teacher Training and Translator Training Institutions.
IGCSE Literature teachers; teachers/schools who wish to introduce IGCSE English Literature in their curriculum
- Acquaint participants to historical context of the novel
- Acquaint participants to the themes, proceedings and textuality of the novel
- Establish relations with our current reality
- Foster critical thinking
Orwell’s 1984 was written, as it is well known, in 1948. In many respects, the novel is then the reflection of the author’s post-war time, of a world divided into huge confronting blocks where the State is overwhelmingly present. Indeed, the novel takes place in a dystopic future (not so distant from the moment of writing, but long past for us) where a totalitarian State seems to have erased individuality. The controlling mechanisms (Big Brother is watching you!) remind us of the Foucaultian notion of Panoptikon. Yet readers continue to match the atmosphere of the dystopian controlling State with our everyday reality of globalization and informatics: a world that neither existed at the production time of the novel nor was even hinted at in the text. The seminar is aimed at tackling the novel from the reader-response theoretical framework in order to explore the perceptions of our students and foster their awareness of the interrelationship between the text and its subjective perception by the reader, a perception modelled by the context of their contemporary experience. Thus, we hope to increase the awareness of both the novel’s proceedings and the world we live in.
Since this will be an on-line course, participants will be provided with material for analysis and discussion of the novel by e-mail. The seminar will be delivered through Zoom. As usual, the coordinator will play the role of facilitator in order to elicit from participants their own criticism of the novels. The analysis of the novel will be, therefore, carried out not only through dialogue with the participants, but by the implementation of group-work, whose conclusions will be debated later with the whole class. Group-work will be carried out on-line by interrupting for a short time the general conference in order to enable special videoconferences between the participants. The seminar will include the discussion of tasks for the classroom.
Goldstein, Philip, “Orwell as a (Neo)conservative: The Reception of 1984”. The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Winter, 2000), pp. 44-57 Published by: Midwest Modern Language Association. Stable URL:
Jameson, Frederic, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions, London, Verso, 2005.
Orwell, George, “Review of ‘WE’ by E. I. Zamyatin”. Tribune. — GB, London. — January 4, 1946.
Tyner, James A., “Self and space, resistance and discipline: a Foucauldian reading of George Orwell’s 1984”. Social & Cultural Geography, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2004. Department of Geography, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242-0001, USA
Bauman, Zygmunt and Haugaard, Mark(2008) 'Liquid modernity and power: A dialogue with Zygmunt Bauman', Journal of Political Power, 1: 2, 111 — 130.
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