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Espionage and ExileFascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film$
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Phyllis Lassner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401104

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401104.001.0001

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Double Agency: Women Writers of Espionage Fiction

Double Agency: Women Writers of Espionage Fiction

(p.69) Chapter 2 Double Agency: Women Writers of Espionage Fiction
Espionage and Exile

Phyllis Lassner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the fiction of Helen MacInnes, Ann Bridge, With different narrative techniques, each of them dramatise ethical and political concerns about the viability of a second world war. They also reshape the genre of spy fiction by creating women protagonists who represent keen insights into narrative and political relationships, particularly deracination, exile, and antisemitism. Their novels respond critically to the way conventional spy thrillers draw heroes and villains as caricatures of good and evil and women as disposable attractions. Each writer engages gender analysis as a significant part of international politics and the genre of spy fiction.

Keywords:   Fascism, Gender, Women, Antisemitism, Heteroglossia, refugees

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