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Spyscreen: Espionage on Film and TV from 1930s to the 1960s

Miller, T. (2018) Spyscreen: Espionage on Film and TV from 1930s to the 1960s. Oxford University Press.


Spyscreen is a genre study of English-language spy fiction film and television between the 1930s and 1960s. Taking as his focus many well-known films and television series, Toby Miller uses a wide range of critical approaches - from textual interpretation, audience studies, and cultural history, through auteurism, imperial history, class, and governmentality, to genre, cultural imperialism, and gender.

Beginning with an overview of the social and political background to the history, production, and analysis of spy fiction, topics discussed include the first canonical espionage movie, The 39 Steps, key film noir texts such as Gilda and The Third Man, the figure of popular spies, including James Bond, and the importance of women to the genre. The result is not just an insightful new study of key texts in this popular genre; it is an important intervention in the methodology and practice of Screen Studies.

Item Type: Book
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: © 2018 Oxford University Press
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