Mapping New Jerusalem: Space, National Identity and Power in British Espionage Fiction 1945-79.

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Mapping New Jerusalem: Space, National Identity and Power in British Espionage Fiction 1945-79.

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dc.contributor.author Goodman, Samuel Geoffrey en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-18T08:21:28Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T13:04:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that the espionage fiction of Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and John le Carré published between 1945 and 1979 illustrates a number of discontinuities, disjunctions and paradoxes related to space, sovereignty and national identity in post-war Britain. To this effect, the thesis has three broad aims. Firstly, to approach the representations of space and sovereign power in the work of these authors published during the period 1945-1979, examining the way in which sovereign power produces space, and then how that power is distributed and maintained. Secondly, to analyse the effect that sovereign power has on a variety of social and cultural environments represented within spy fiction and how the exercise of power affects the response of individuals within them. Thirdly, to establish how the intervention of sovereign power within environments relates to the creation, propagation and exclusion of national identities within each author’s work. By mapping the application of sovereign power throughout various environments, the thesis demonstrates that the control of environment is inextricably linked to the sovereign control of British subjects in espionage fiction. Moreover, the role of the spy in the application of sovereign power reveals a paradox integral to the espionage genre, namely that the maintenance of sovereign power exists only through the undermining of its core principles. Sovereignty, in these texts, is maintained only by weakening the sovereign control of other nations. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3654 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject popular fiction en_GB
dc.subject Bond en_GB
dc.subject Ian Fleming en_GB
dc.subject Graham Greene en_GB
dc.subject John le Carré en_GB
dc.subject Espionage en_GB
dc.subject Space en_GB
dc.subject Identity en_GB
dc.subject Sovereignty en_GB
dc.subject power en_GB
dc.title Mapping New Jerusalem: Space, National Identity and Power in British Espionage Fiction 1945-79. en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2012-07-18T08:21:28Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T13:04:44Z
dc.contributor.advisor Murray, Alex en_US
dc.publisher.department English en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in English en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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