For myself, Linda, Joe and Sarah this blog has helped keep us somewhat sane over the past few weeks. We hope that this blog can be a good distraction for others too. Theory can be challenging and intimidating at the best of times but we thought we’d break everything down for you so that you can use your free time during lockdown to learn a bit more about reading. Fish’s theory of reading in Interpreting the Variorum is now something you can think about in relation to any text, not just Nineteen Eighty-Four. Whether you’ve read this blog as an educational tool, as companion to the text or just as an interesting distraction, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has served as a talking point ever since its publication in 1949. From the post-war 1950s to the paranoia of the 1980s and the fake news and pandemics of today, this novel remains relevant and mirrors reality in unsettling ways. There will always be different ways to interpret Nineteen Eighty-Four, and using Fish’s theory is just a start. In these strange times, studying Orwell’s work has brought us together and kept us engaged in the act of reading and we hope this blog does the same for you.

Drink: Champagne!

Song: Ban All The Music, Nothing But Thieves