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The representation of ideology: Orwell’s (re)reading of ‘Boys’ Weeklies’

A. M. de Lange
Literator | Vol 11, No 3 | a816 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v11i3.816 | © 1990 A. M. de Lange | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 1990 | Published: 06 May 1990

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A. M. de Lange, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to unmask the underlying assumptions of Orwell’s reading strategy in order to illustrate that texts written from a conscious and specific ideological perspective is much more vulnerable to ideological “unmasking” than texts which do not have such a specific ideological bias. A number of key aspects with regard to commitment, ideology and representation are identified and used as criteria for a critical reading of “Boys’ Weeklies”, one of Orwell’s most famous essays.

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