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Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film

Phyllis Lassner


Espionage and Exile demonstrates that from the 1930s through the Cold War, British Writers Eric Ambler, Helen MacInnes, Ann Bridge, Pamela Frankau, John le Carré and filmmaker Leslie Howard combined propaganda and popular entertainment to call for resistance to political oppression. Instead of constituting context, the political engagement of these spy fictions bring the historical crises of Fascist and Communist domination to the forefront of twentieth century literary history. They deploy themes of deception and betrayal to warn audiences of the consequences of Nazi Germany's conquests and ... More

Keywords: Espionage, Exile, World War II, Communism, Nazism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474401104
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phyllis Lassner, author
Northwestern University