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IntermodernismLiterary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain$
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Kristin Bluemel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635092

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635092.001.0001

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Under Suspicion: The Plotting of Britain in World War II Detective Spy Fiction

Under Suspicion: The Plotting of Britain in World War II Detective Spy Fiction

Chapter:
(p.112) (p.113) 6 Under Suspicion: The Plotting of Britain in World War II Detective Spy Fiction
Source:
Intermodernism
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Phyllis Lassner

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635092.003.0007

This chapter studies Margery Allingham and Helen MacInnes. The discussion approaches these two writers as intermodernists, and determines that their fictions are a complicated linking of cultural and political concerns with narrative experiment. It also studies the various paths that supported MacInnes and Allingham to send their imagined spies into enemy territory. Finally, the chapter looks at the implications of their decision to bring their spies back to Britain after the war.

Keywords:   narrative experiment, Margery Allingham, Helen MacInnes, intermodernists, spies, enemy territory

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