Spy Fiction

Ann Rea, Spy Fiction Film and Digital Archives, Spring 2015

Course Description:

In the early decades of the twentieth century, what critics refer to as “genre fiction” emerged in Britain. The French word “genre” means “kind” or “type,” and when it was used to refer to the fiction we will examine it referred to detective novels, science fiction, among others, as well as spy fiction

Required Texts:

John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)
Eric Ambler, Background to Danger (1937)
Helen McInnes, Above Suspicion (1941)
Graham Greene, The Third Man (1949)
John Le Carré, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963)
John Banville, The Untouchable (1998)
William Boyd, Restless (2006)

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