British spy fiction and the end of empire

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Authors: Goodman, S.

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Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138777460

This book compares and contrasts the literary representation of space, identity and power in the work of British twentieth-century authors: Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Len Deighton, and John le Carré.

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Authors: Goodman, S.

Pages: 1-185

ISBN: 9781317678946

DOI: 10.4324/9781315772615

© 2016 Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. The position of spy fiction is largely synonymous in popular culture with ideas of patriotism and national security, with the spy himself indicative of the defence of British interests and the preservation of British power around the globe. This book reveals a more complicated side to these assumptions than typically perceived, arguing that the representation of space and power within spy fiction is more complex than commonly assumed. Instead of the British spy tirelessly maintaining the integrity of Empire, this volume illustrates how spy fiction contains disunities and disjunctions in its representation of space, and the relationship between the individual and the state in an era of declining British power. Focusing primarily on the work of Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, and John le Carre, the volume brings a fresh methodological approach to the study of spy fiction and Cold War culture. It presents close textual analysis within a framework of spatial and sovereign theory as a means of examining the cultural impact of decolonization and the shifting geopolitics of the Cold War. Adopting a thematic approach to the analysis of space in spy fiction, the text explores the reciprocal process by which contextual history intersects with literature throughout the period in question, arguing that spy fiction is responsible for reflecting, strengthening and, in some cases, precipitating cultural anxieties over decolonization and the end of Empire. This study promises to be a welcome addition to the developing field of spy fiction criticism and popular culture studies. Both engaging and original in its approach, it will be important reading for students and academics engaged in the study of Cold War culture, popular literature, and the changing state of British identity over the course of the latter twentieth century.

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Authors: Goodman, S.

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138777460

This book compares and contrasts the literary representation of space, identity and power in the work of three British twentieth-century authors: Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, and John le Carré.

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