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By Erin G Carlston

Why have been white bourgeois homosexual male writers so drawn to spies, espionage, and treason within the 20th century? Erin G. Carlston believes such figures and issues have been severe to exploring citizenship and its limits, necessities, and percentages within the glossy Western country. via shut readings of Marcel Proust’s novels, W. H. Auden’s poetry, and Tony Kushner’s play Angels in the US, which all reference real-life espionage instances regarding Jews, homosexuals, or Communists, Carlston connects homosexual men’s fascination with spying to greater debates in regards to the making and contestation of social identity.

Carlston argues that during the trendy West, a particular place has been assigned to these seemed to be marginal to the state as a result of non-visible non secular, political, or sexual variations. simply because those “invisible Others” existed someplace among the thoroughly alien and the absolutely normative, they evoked acute anxieties concerning the protection and solidarity of the countryside. Incorporating readings of nonliterary cultural artifacts, similar to trial transcripts, into her research, Carlston pinpoints moments within which nationwide self-conceptions in France, England, and the U.S. grew volatile. Concentrating in particular at the Dreyfus affair in France, the defections of Communist spies within the U.K., and the Rosenberg case within the usa, Carlston at once hyperlinks twentieth-century tensions round citizenship to the social and political issues of 3 generations of influential writers.

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