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Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Allan Hepburn


Why do spies have such cachet in the twentieth century? Why do they keep reinventing themselves? What do they mean in a political process? This book examines the tradition of the spy narrative from its inception in the late nineteenth century through the present day. Ranging from John le Carré's bestsellers to Elizabeth Bowen's novels, from James Bond to John Banville's contemporary narratives, this book sets the historical contexts of these fictions: the Cambridge spy ring; the Profumo Affair; the witch-hunts against gay men in the civil service and diplomatic corps in the 1950s. Instead of f ... More

Keywords: spy narratives, John le Carré, Elizabeth Bowen, James Bond, John Banville, Cambridge spy ring, Profumo affair, Britain, Ireland, America

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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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Allan Hepburn, author

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