Denison Museum Book Club Explores Orwell and Burma
Date of Event: December 5, 2009
Posted: November 20, 2009
It is not common knowledge that George Orwell, the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, spent five years in Burma, currently known as Myanmar. The Denison Museum Book Club will discuss “Finding George Orwell in Burma,” by Emma Larkin, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Buxton Inn (313 West Broadway). A tour of the Denison Museum exhibition “Baptists in Burma” will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 740-587-6255 or visit www.denison.edu/museum.
Orwell’s first novel, titled “Burmese Days,” was set in the north of the country. Larkin retraces Orwell's path through the southeast Asian nation as a way of exploring the present-day country, its people and its military junta.
The “Baptists in Burma” exhibition examines the complex relationship of Christian missionaries in India and Burma and earlier British colonial expansion in South Asia. It looks at the many meanings associated with missionaries’ “possession” of art and artifacts of Burma, such as precious art objects, like gilt Buddhas, and historically lesser-valued material culture, such as tribal language Bible translations. The Museum is open daily from 1 to 4 p.m., the exhibition runs through Dec. 13.
CALENDAR LISTING, Denison University, Granville— The Denison Museum Book Club will discuss “Finding George Orwell in Burma,” by Emma Larkin, at 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5, in the Buxton Inn (313 West Broadway). A tour of the Denison Museum exhibition “Baptists in Burma” will follow. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact 740-587-6255 or visit www.denison.edu/museum.
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