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Under Suspicion: The Plotting of Britain in World War II Detective Spy Fiction

Phyllis Lassner

in Intermodernism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635092
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635092.003.0007
Under Suspicion: The Plotting of Britain in World War II Detective Spy Fiction

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This chapter studies Margery Allingham and Helen MacInnes. The discussion approaches these two writers as intermodernists, and determines that their fictions are a complicated linking of cultural and political concerns with narrative experiment. It also studies the various paths that supported MacInnes and Allingham to send their imagined spies into enemy territory. Finally, the chapter looks at the implications of their decision to bring their spies back to Britain after the war.

Keywords: narrative experiment; Margery Allingham; Helen MacInnes; intermodernists; spies; enemy territory

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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