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‘A Very Odd and Frightening Pamphlet’

During his short stint in Calcutta, Humphry House published a satirical pamphlet titled, I Spy with My Little Eye (1937), which exposed the formal and informal mechanisms through which the colonial government were suppressing freedom of thought and political expression. This paper aims to contextualise I Spy in its historically fraught moment, and to study two of its central concerns: to understand House’s notion of “spyarchy” as a deliberate perversion of civic administration geared towards creating a self-surveilling society; and the legal and quasi-legal methods of censoring the circulation of ideas and literature. In doing so, we hope to historicise and reflect on the phraseology of “terrorism” and “sedition,” and their deployment by the state.

Telescopic Philanthropy-Attitudes to Charity and the Empire in Charles Dickens

Attitudes to Charity and the Empire in Charles Dickens Sajni Mukherji This paper explores Charles Dickens's attitude to Empire and colonisation, especially in Australia and India. While not ignoring his fiction, it draws for the most pan from the two journals that Dickens edited in the last twenty years of his life, Household Words (1850-59) and All the Year Round (1859-70).
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