By Sam Goodman

The place of undercover agent fiction is essentially synonymous in pop culture with rules of patriotism and nationwide safety, with the undercover agent himself indicative of the defence of British pursuits and the renovation of British energy all over the world. This publication finds a extra advanced part to those assumptions than more often than not perceived, arguing that the illustration of house and gear inside of secret agent fiction is extra advanced than quite often assumed. rather than the British secret agent tirelessly holding the integrity of Empire, this quantity illustrates how secret agent fiction includes disunities and disjunctions in its illustration of house, and the connection among the person and the country in an period of declining British power.

Focusing totally on the paintings of Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, and John le Carre, the amount brings a clean methodological method of the examine of undercover agent fiction and chilly struggle tradition. It offers shut textual research inside of a framework of spatial and sovereign conception as a way of studying the cultural impression of decolonization and the transferring geopolitics of the chilly battle. Adopting a thematic method of the research of area in secret agent fiction, the textual content explores the reciprocal procedure in which contextual background intersects with literature through the interval in query, arguing that secret agent fiction is liable for reflecting, strengthening and, in certain cases, precipitating cultural anxieties over decolonization and the top of Empire.

This learn delivers to be a great addition to the constructing box of undercover agent fiction feedback and pop culture experiences. either attractive and unique in its method, it is necessary studying for college kids and lecturers engaged within the learn of chilly conflict tradition, renowned literature, and the altering kingdom of British id over the process the latter 20th century.

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