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Spies: A Theory of Intrigue

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity as a representative of spy fiction. It then considers the significance of the spy body in the story; the origins of the ... More


Introduction

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This introductory chapter describes the methodology used and themes covered in this study, which deals with spy narratives produced between 1900 and 2000. Oriented towards theories of psychoanalysis, ... More


Codes: Self-Evident Meaning in Narratives of Intrigue

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes codes in spy narratives. Codes are symbolic representational systems. They encrypt secrets. They presume shared knowledge by which those in the know abide. Codes therefore ... More


Leaks: Fighting the Queer Cold War in the Untouchable

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

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 ... More


Walls: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold as Allegory

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, where an aging, dissolute agent is sacrificed to East versus West politics. In this novel, walls signify obstacles to ... More


Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Allan Hepburn

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

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 ... More


Thrills: Fear and Catharsis as Ideological Effects

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes the use of thrills in spy narratives. It argues that the thrill unites numerous, dissimilar components. Hazard, fear, pain, eros, aggression, cravenness, bodiliness, ... More


Ghosts: Illegitimacy and Commitment in under Western Eyes

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Joseph Conrad's obsession with ghosts in Under Western Eyes, a novel about unwanted recruitment into a spying mission, because the protagonist Razumov is, literally, a bastard. ... More


Disappearances: Missing Bodies in Sabbatical

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines John Barth's Sabbatical, where the spy disappears and his body is never recovered. The motif of disappearance dominates spy literature and becomes, in this case, a trope for ... More


It-Narratives and Spy Novels

Lynn Festa

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199574803
eISBN:
9780191869747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199574803.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter focuses on it-narratives and spy novels. In the 1750s and 1760s, coins, clockwork, coaches, garments, pens, pets, and pests, all assumed a speaking part in a series of immensely popular ... More


Conclusion: Little Rooms

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter summarizes the main themes of the covered and presents some final thoughts. It discusses spies as icons of political identity; recruitment in spy narratives; and violence in spy novels. ... More


Sewers: Fantasies of Death and Disgust in the Third Man

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter on Graham Greene's The Third Man examines the imperiled body of an underground racketeer. The novella concludes with a chase through the sewers of Vienna. Fantasies of dread and pursuit ... More


Democracy: The Death of a Spy

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Joan Didion's Democracy, where a CIA agent named Jack Lovett glides in and out of the representational frame of the novel. The spy, by definition, eludes representation. As a ... More


Collaborations: Love and War in the Heat of the Day

Allan Hepburn

in Intrigue: Espionage and Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104981
eISBN:
9780300148480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104981.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day, where a woman is implicated in a love affair with a spy. She is recruited via her sentiments, not via her rational beliefs, which ... More


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