Jason Harding – The CIA and Encounter magazine

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Event Date: 29 April – 1 May 2011
East Midlands Conference Centre
University of Nottingham  
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RJ



Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory


Dr Jason Harding (School of Advanced Study, University of London) – The CIA and Encounter magazine

The CIA and Encounter magazine This paper examines the rise and fall of Encounter magazine as the Congress of Cultural Freedom’s flagship periodical during the height of the Cold War. It looks closely at Michael Josselson’s founding of this London-based intellectual review, its covert funding by the CIA, his fractious relationships with successive American and British co-editors, and his response to the public unmasking of the CIA’s role as paymaster. Particular attention will be paid to notable critics of the journal – Dwight MacDonald, William Empson and Conor Cruise O’Brien.

Jason Harding is Reader in English Studies at Durham University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is the author of a book on interwar British intellectual journalism The Criterion (OUP, 2002) and is currently researching a book on Encounter magazine and the Cultural Cold War.

Contact information: Department of English Studies, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet Durham DH1 3JT, UK

Email: jason.harding@durham.ac.uk

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