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Rodden, John

Works: 42 works in 271 publications in 3 languages and 16,123 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Autobiographies  Sources  Study guides  Biography  Abstracts  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
Classifications: PR6029.R8, 828.91209
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Most widely held works by John Rodden
Repainting the little red schoolhouse : a history of Eastern German education, 1945-1995 by John Rodden( )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first English-language study of GDR education and the first book, in any language, to trace the history of Eastern German education from 1945 through the 1990s. Rodden fully relates the GDR's attempt to create a new Marxist nation by means of educational reform, and looks not only at the changing institution of education but at something the Germans call Bildung—the formation of character and the cultivation of body and spirit. The sociology of nation-building is also addressed --
Irving Howe and the critics : celebrations and attacks by John Rodden( )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Irving Howe and the Critics is a selection of essays and reviews about the work of Irving Howe (1920-93), a vocal radical humanist and the most influential American socialist intellectual of his generation. Howe authored eighteen books, edited twenty-five more, wrote dozens of articles and reviews, and edited the magazine Dissent for forty years after founding it. His writings cover subjects ranging from U.S. labor to the vicissitudes of American communism and socialism to Yiddishkeit and contemporary politics." "John Rodden has chosen essays and reviews that focus on Howe's major works and on the disputes they generated. He features both Dissent contributors and those who have dissented from the Dissenters - on the Right as well as the Left. Rodden includes a few stern assessments of Howe from his less sympathetic critics, testifying not only to the range of response - from admiration to hostility - that his work received but also to his stature on the Left as a prime intellectual target of neoconservative fire."--Jacket
The Cambridge introduction to George Orwell by John Rodden( )

17 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Introduction examines Orwell's life, work and legacy, addressing his towering achievement and his ongoing appeal. Combining important biographical detail with close analysis of his writings, the book considers the various genres in which Orwell wrote: the realistic novel, the essay, journalism and the anti-utopia. Ideally suited for readers approaching Orwell's work for the first time, the book concludes with an extended reflection on why George Orwell has enjoyed a literary afterlife unprecedented among modern authors in any language"--
George Orwell : into the twenty-first century by Thomas Cushman( )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 1,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversations with Isabel Allende by Isabel Allende( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains primary source material
The worlds of Irving Howe : the critical legacy by John Rodden( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every intellectual's big brother : George Orwell's literary siblings by John Rodden( )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Orwell has been embraced, adopted, and co-opted by everyone from the far left to the neoconservatives. Each succeeding generation of Anglo-American intellectuals has felt compelled to engage the life, work, and cultural afterlife of Orwell, who is considered by many to have been the foremost political writer of the twentieth century. Every Intellectual's Big Brother explores the ways in which numerous disparate groups, Orwell's intellectual "siblings," have adapted their views of Orwell to fit their own agendas and how in doing so they have changed our perceptions of Orwell himself. By examining the politics of literary reception as a dimension of cultural history, John Rodden gives us a better understanding of Orwell's unique and enduring role in Anglo-American intellectual life. In Part One, Rodden opens the book with a section titled "Their Orwell, Left and Right," which focuses on Orwell's reception by several important literary circles of the latter half of the twentieth century. Beginning with Orwell's own contemporaries, Rodden addresses the ways various intellectual groups of the 1950s responded to Orwell. Rodden then moves on in Part Two to what he calls the "Orwell Confraternity Today," those contemporary intellectuals who have, in various ways, identified themselves with or reacted against Orwell. The author concludes by examining how Orwell's status as an object of admiration and detraction has complicated the way in which he has been perceived by readers since his death
The Cambridge companion to George Orwell by John Rodden( Book )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Orwell is regarded as the greatest political writer in English of the twentieth century. The massive critical literature on Orwell has not only become extremely specialized, and therefore somewhat inaccessible to the nonscholar, but it has also attributed to and even created misconceptions about the man, the writer and his literary legacy. For these reasons, an overview of Orwell's writing and influence is an indispensable resource. Accordingly, this Companion serves as both an introduction to Orwell's work and furnishes numerous innovative interpretations and fresh critical perspectives on it. Throughout the Companion, which includes chapters dedicated to two of Orwell's major novels, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, Orwell's work is placed within the context of the political and social climate of the time. His response to the Depression, British imperialism, Stalinism, World War II, and the politics of the British Left are also examined
The unexamined Orwell by John Rodden( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book the author delves into dimensions of Orwell's life and legacy that have escaped the critical glare, the largely unattended (and even unimagined) Orwell. Rodden discusses how several leading American intellectuals have earned (and often cultivated) the title of Orwell's "successor," including Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, Irving Howe, Christopher Hitchens, and John Lukacs. The book then turns to Germany, where Orwell - and especially "Orwell"--Is a notable presence, and focuses on the role and relevance of Nineteen Eighty-Four in the now-defunct communist nation of East Germany. Rodden also addresses myths that have grown up around Orwell's life, including his "more than half-legendary" encounter with Ernest Hemingway in liberated Paris in March 1945, and analyzes literary issues such as Orwell's utopian sensibility and his prose style, which are topics that have drawn scant critical attention. Finally, Rodden poses the wistful, endlessly debated question, "W.W.G.O.D.?" (what would George Orwell do?) Moving through the decades since Orwell's death, Rodden speculates about how the prophet of Nineteen Eighty-Four would have reacted to world events. In so doing, Rodden shows how our responses to this question reveal much about our culture's ongoing need to reappropriate "Orwell" and about our own drives and aspirations.--From dust jacket back cover
The politics of literary reputation : the making and claiming of "St. George" Orwell by John Rodden( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Politics of Literary Reputation offers the first systematic study of artistic reputation as well as a fascinating account of one writer's ascension to literary sainthood. It provides a searching analysis of the many issues radiating from the name and work of the most controversial political writer of the twentieth century. Indeed, by using Orwell as a lens through which to view the myriad events which his writings have influenced, Rodden achieves nothing less than a panoramic cultural history of the postwar West. The book discloses how the recent Soviet publication of 1984 reveals some of the paradoxes of perestroika; how the first BBC-TV adaptation of 1984 in 1954 signalled the changing conditions of reputation-building in the media age; how Orwell's exclusion from the "high canon" of modern British literature reflects a long-standing academic bias against the political novel; how the ambivalent response to Orwell by feminist critics reveals numerous tensions within feminism; how Orwell's status as the best-selling modern British writer in West Germany derives from German Angst about the nazi era; how Orwell's premature death made him ripe for the "If Orwell Were Alive Today" claims to his mantle made by the Right and the Left; and how the criticism of the New York Intellectuals, including Lionel Trilling, Irving Howe, and Norman Podhoretz, actually forms much more a portrait of their ideal self-images--of the (very different) men whom they themselves were seeking to become--than of George Orwell. The protean shape of Orwell's reputation makes him a fertile source of insight into the general processes of reputation-building. Through this portrait gallery of Orwell's public images, readers will begin to understand, as Malcolm Muggeridge put in speaking of Orwell, "how the legend of a human being is created."
Isabel Allende( )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twenty essays that offers insight into the personal life and work of author Isabel Allende
Between self and society : inner worlds and outer limits in the British psychological novel by John Rodden( )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between Self and Society explores the psychosocial dramas that galvanize six major British novels written between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. The book challenges an influential misconception that has for too long hindered appreciation of the psychological novel. John Rodden argues that there should be no simplifying antithesis between psychological, "inner" conflicts (within the mind or "soul") and institutional, "outer" conflicts (within family, class, community). Instead, it is the overarching, dramatic--yet often tortuous--relations between self and society that demand our attention. Rodden presents fresh interpretations of an eclectic group of prose fiction classics, including Tobias Smollett's The Adventures of Roderick Random, William Godwin's Caleb Williams, Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier, Wyndham Lewis's Tarr, and D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love. Far from being merely admirable experiments, let alone daring though interesting failures, these fictions are shown to possess aesthetic unity, stylistic consistency, and psychic force. Between Self and Society thus impels our careful reconsideration of novels that represent major artistic achievements, yet have been either unjustly neglected or appreciated in limiting ways that do injustice to their psychological aspects. Rodden's vibrant discussion invites an upward revaluation of these works and encourages the full recognition of their value and significance in British literary history." --
George Orwell by John Rodden( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume of literary criticism concerning the life and works of British writer George Orwell
Scenes from an afterlife : the legacy of George Orwell by John Rodden( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scenes from an Afterlife: The Legacy of George Orwell surveys the posthumous history of the most controversial, and arguably the most important, political writer of the twentieth century. Building on Rodden's first major study of Orwell's complex and contested legacy, this sequel presents new scenes of his posthumous reception and influence. It is a book about a life that became a legend." "George Orwell's afterlife is a unique tale of contemporary fame, the implausible yet true story of a literary second act that knows no comparison. More than a half-century after his death, Orwell's name still wields a rhetorical and political force sufficient to stimulate public argument. In addressing the intellectual bequest and cultural impact of Orwell, Scenes from an Afterlife provides a significant contribution to contemporary cultural history."--Jacket
Understanding Animal farm : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by John Rodden( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes the historical context of "Animal Farm" and examines Orwell's political allegory in relation to Marxism, the Russian Revolution, and the Cold War
Textbook reds : schoolbooks, ideology, and Eastern German identity by John Rodden( )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If one wants to know what children in communist East Europe were told to think about their nation and their leaders, their class enemy, and their so-called Soviet friends, no better source exists than textbooks. In textbooks the dogmas of communism were communicated in their most simplified form and manufactured in the millions for mass consumption. In Textbook Reds, John Rodden shows how the now-defunct German Democratic Republic (GDR) shaped generations of East German youth and how the imprint of Marxist-Leninist ideology remains today on the hearts and minds of millions of eastern Germans, more than fifteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Drawing on a rich and varied collection of materials -a total of more than two hundred textbooks, teaching guides, school songbooks, educators’ professional journals, and school examinations - Rodden spotlights the "textbook mentality" that permeated East German society. In the GDR’s campaign to win the minds of men, any critiques of the Party were equated with disloyalty and the bourgeois sins of individualism, negativism, and cosmopolitanism. Citizens who broke free of such indoctrination still bore marks of its influence, even long after leaving school and long after the GDR’s dissolution in 1990. The second part of the book offers a glimpse of post-communism today. Through interviews with dozens of teachers and students from contemporary eastern Germany, we see that East German faculty and students constitute perhaps the largest, most articulate, most traumatized segment of the population affected by events since 1989. Not just a study in comparative education, Textbook Reds is also a work in the sociology of education, literary sociology, and literary history. Rodden shows that the deepest roots of GDR society were indeed located in the institution that molded the youth of its citizens, and that the most searching questions about East German identity and the repression of its political past are in fact to be found there. --
Lionel Trilling and the critics : opposing selves( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lionel Trilling and the Critics provides a comprehensive portrait of Lionel Trilling, perhaps the most influential American cultural critic of the twentieth century. The contributors are a who's who of Anglo-American intellectuals from the 1930s through the 1970s. They include Edmund Wilson, Robert Penn Warren, F. R. Leavis, Leslie Fiedler, R. W. B. Lewis, R. P. Blackmur, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol, Raymond Williams, Norman Podhoretz, Gertrude Himmelfarb, William Barrett, Bruno Bettelheim, Gerald Graff, and Cornel West."--BOOK JACKET
Performing the literary interview : how writers craft their public selves by John Rodden( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics and the intellectual : conversations with Irving Howe( )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Left in an environment that discounted and marginalized it. Indeed, these interviews may have particular significance today, a period of new opportunities for the liberal Left, yet one in which it struggles to construct some coherent identity and compelling program.<BR><BR>The editors worked with the full cooperation of Howe's family. His daughter, Nina, contributed an afterword and provided a number of illustrations and photos that have never before appeared in print. --Book Jacket
Of G-men and eggheads : the FBI and the New York intellectuals by John Rodden( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the Cold War, dissent against U.S. international policy was looked upon as inherently suspicious. No one was more suspicious than outspoken left-leaning intellectuals, especially those who lived in Manhattan. For national security reasons, the federal government expended considerable resources surveilling men and women who might harbor communist sympathies and exert influence over others. In this book, John Rodden reveals how the FBI and CIA kept track of three highly regarded New York intellectuals--Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, and Irving Howe"--
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Repainting the little red schoolhouse : a history of Eastern German education, 1945-1995
Irving Howe and the critics : celebrations and attacksGeorge Orwell : into the twenty-first centuryConversations with Isabel AllendeThe worlds of Irving Howe : the critical legacyEvery intellectual's big brother : George Orwell's literary siblingsThe Cambridge companion to George OrwellThe unexamined OrwellIsabel Allende
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