This course will consist of a series of readings of novels where espionage plays a central role. The student will be expected to situate these novels within the larger constructs of state, relationship between state and its citizens and non-citizens, global dynamics of power, constructions of identities, masculinity and power, moral relativism, perceptions of threat and security.
Tentative Reading List:
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
Kim Rudyard Kipling
The Thirty Nine Steps John Buchan
Casino Royal Ian Fleming
Our Man in Havana Graham Greene
The Perfect Spy John le Carré
The Constant Gardener John le Carré
The Good Son Michael Gruber
Thriller : Jerry Palmer
Genesis & Structure of a Popular Genre
The World of the Thriller Ralph Harper
Thrillers Martin Rubin
The Spy Story John G Cawelti
James Bond & Philosophy: James B South & Jacob M Held (ed)
Questions are Forever
The James Bond Phenomenon: Christopher Lindner (ed)
A Critical Reader
Spies and Holy Wars: Reeva S Simon
The Middle East in Twentieth Century Crime Fiction
In addition, critical essays on state power, surveillance, Cold War and other issues will be prescribed.
Internal Assessment will be on the basis of Class Tests.
Course Coordinator: Nilanjana Gupta