Double Agents: Espionage, Literature, and Liminal Citizens

Double Agents: Espionage, Literature, and Liminal Citizens

by Erin Carlston


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231136730
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Erin G. Carlston is associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she serves on the Board of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and has directed the Program in Sexuality Studies. Her previous publications include Thinking Fascism: Sapphic Modernism and Fascist Modernity (Stanford University Press, 1998) and articles in Modern Fiction Studies, American Literary History, Aztlán, and Romanic Review.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Citizens, Aliens, and Traitors
2. The Dreyfus Affair
3. Secret Dossiers
4. Truth Breathing Down the Neck of Fiction
5. The Ganelon Type
6. Strictly a Jewish Show
7. Conclusion
List of Abbreviations

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Daniel Boyarin

Carlston's detailed, precise, rich, and innovative readings of both political texts and literary contexts manage to illuminate familiar territory and reveal features of the landscape not seen before. She succeeds brilliantly in seeing things hidden in plain sight, and her book is eye-opening as a result.

Joseph A. Boone

Double Agents is a brilliant study of the Dreyfus Affair, the Cambridge spy scandal, and the Rosenberg trial, in which national anxieties about homosexuals and Jews as 'invisible others' undermining the state from within not only erupt into public view but also inspire surprising imaginative responses. Making double agency a virtue rather than a vice, writers such as Marcel Proust, W. H. Auden, and Tony Kushner redefine conceptions of citizenship, loyalty, and difference to illuminate how society may evolve. Erin G. Carlston's research is impeccable, her touch deft, and her analysis compelling.

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