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Allan Hepburn

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104981

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104981.001.0001

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Fighting the Queer Cold War in the Untouchable

(p.187) Chapter Eight Leaks

Allan Hepburn

Yale University Press

This chapter examines John Banville's The Untouchable, which relates the gay spy's body to the history of the Cambridge spies and concepts of masculinity. Although the gay spy is accused of leaking information and being unfirm in his alliances, he exposes the ideological biases of heterosexual spies, who often let passion lead them into disclosure of secrets even while they maintain a rigid denial of pleasure.

Keywords:   spy narratives, John Banville, gay spies, body, masculinity

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