Surveillance in Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Dismantling of Privacy in Oceania
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Övervakning i 1984 : Nedmonteringen av privatliv i Oceania (Swedish)
The purpose of this essay is to analyze how certain elements of panopticism manage to dismantle the notion of privacy in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. By reading the text through a lens of panopticism, a theory introduced by Jeremy Bentham, I give examples on how the surveillance methods used by the Party share similarities with the system of surveillance within a Panoptic prison, but also in what ways that they differ. In the end, it is obvious that the society of Oceania cannot be considered to be a complete Panopticon, although several elements of panopticism are present within the text and that they dismantle the aspect of privacy in the novel.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 22 p.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, Panopticism, Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault, surveillance
Languages and Literature
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41716DiVA: diva2:920358
Subject / course
Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)