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Surveillance in Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Dismantling of Privacy in Oceania
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Övervakning i 1984 : Nedmonteringen av privatliv i Oceania (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, Panopticism, Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault, surveillance
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41716DiVA: diva2:920358
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English
Educational program
Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-05-25Bibliographically approved

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