Who Knows What's Going On? Mapping New Security Landscapes in Contemporary Espionage Fiction

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Abstract

This article explores whether or to what extent the contemporary espionage novel is able to map and interrogate transformations in the post-9/11security environment. It asks how well a form or genre of writing, typically handcuffed to the machinations and demands of the Cold War and state sovereignty, is able to adapt to a new security environment characterized by strategies of “risk assessment” and “resilience-building” and by modes or regimes of power not reducible to, or wholly controlled by, the state. In doing so, it thinks about the capacities of this type of fiction for “resisting” the formations of power it wants to make visible and is partly complicit with.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)775-792
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of American Studies
Volume49
Issue number4
Early online date06 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • espionage fiction; security; spy; speculation; post-sovereignty

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