"The Secret Theatre of our Society": the spy as outsider in Burgess

Spence, Rob (2012) "The Secret Theatre of our Society": the spy as outsider in Burgess. In: Woodroffe, Graham (ed). Marlowe, Shakespeare, Burgess: Anthony Burgess and his Elizabethan Affiliations. Anthony Burgess Centre Series (3). Presses de l'université d'Angers, Angers, France, pp. 107-112. ISBN 2-9157551-48-X

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In A Dead Man in Deptford Burgess presents a vividly realised picture of Elizabethan society, in which the practice of espionage features strongly. A major plot-thread concerns the initiation and immersion of Kit Marlowe in the world of secrets, violence and deception presided over by the spy-master Walsingham. This paper takes the realisation of Marlowe in this novel, the last work Burgess published in his lifetime, as the starting point for a retrospective exploration of Burgess’s repeated engagement with the trope of the outsider, and particularly the outsider as spy, whether employed by the state for purposes of espionage, or for more personal motives.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 13:25
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4341

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