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5. Spying and Regulation
About this Lecture
In this module, we move on from class hierarchy to regulation and surveillance in a more literal sense. First, we think about the description of Coketown in which everything is said to resemble a jail (“The jail might have been the infirmary, the infirmary might have been the jail, the town-hall might have been either, or both”), before turning to the issue of spying, as represented by Mrs. Sparsit.
In this course, Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) explores Dickens’ 1854 novel, Hard Times. As we move through the course, we think about the philosophy of Utilitarianism (thinking in particular about Mr. Gradgrind), about class (thinking in particular about Mr. Bounderby), about regulation and surveillance in Coketown (thinking in particular about Mrs. Sparsit) and, finally, about comedy (thinking in particular about the Circus).
Alfie Bown is Lecturer in Digital Media Culture and Technology at Royal Holloway, University of London. His principle research interests are in psychoanalysis, digital media, critical theory and videogames, though he has also published in nineteenth-century studies, film studies and medieval studies. He is author of The Playstation Dreamworld (2017) and In the Event of Laughter (2018) among other things. His most recent book is an edited collection of essays entitled Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production (2019).
Cite this Lecture
Bown, A. (2018, August 15). Dickens: Hard Times - Spying and Regulation [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/dickens-hard-times-25755294-8d04-48a3-9a77-7f556425ed23/spying-and-regulation
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