Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Espionage and ExileFascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Phyllis Lassner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401104

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401104.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 25 September 2021

Eric Ambler: Espionage Chronicler of the 1930s

Eric Ambler: Espionage Chronicler of the 1930s

(p.16) Chapter 1 Eric Ambler: Espionage Chronicler of the 1930s
Espionage and Exile

Phyllis Lassner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Eric Ambler's novels of the 1930s, including The Dark Frontier (1936), Background to Danger (1937), Epitaph for a Spy (1938), Cause for Alarm (1938), The Mask of Dimitrios (Also titled A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939). Detailing Ambler's use of a gothic expressionist style, the chapter shows how his anti-fascist stance led to narrative experiments combining popular genre conventions with polemical fiction to critique the more egregious stereotypes spy fiction had previously deployed and to create sympathy on behalf of Hitler’s targeted victims.

Keywords:   Expressionism, Fascism, Communism, Polemics, Exile, Vampire, propaganda

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.