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Eric Morgan

Fall 2013

"A Dangerous Place from Which to View the World: The Enigma of Control in the Novels of John le Carré"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "I used my awarded GIAR funds to help defray travel costs to Italy, where I presented a paper at the international conference on “Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in History, Culture, and International Relations.” The conference, sponsored by the University of Warwick, gathered a group of interdisciplinary international scholars and intelligence officials at the Pallazo Pesaro Papafava in Venice, Italy from May 6-7, 2014. My paper, “A Dangerous Place from Which to View the World: The Enigma of Control in the Novels of John le Carré,” explored the role of Control, head of the “Circus” or MI6, in the practice of intelligence and espionage in le Carré’s early spy novels, examining both the leadership qualities and morality of Control as Britain’s spy chief. The ability to interact with scholars of espionage within an intimate international conference setting provided not only helpful feedback on my own work, but also an excellent opportunity to discuss pressing issues related to both the history and current state of espionage in the world community. Overall the conference was a wonderful experience, as I was able to talk and interact with a variety of talented scholars from across the world. My paper will be featured along with other conference presentations in a two-volume collection to be published by Georgetown University Press in 2016."