University of Notre Dame

Spy Fictions

Course Number: ENGL 13186 – 7
Instructor: Newman

In this course we will examine a range of novels which might loosely be understood as “spy fiction,” yet each of them has a very different understanding of what it means to spy. We will ask what these novels can tell us about the history of the spy, and what they might tell us about ways of looking and narrative point of view. Writers whose work we will study may include: G.K. Chesterton, Ian Fleming, Patricia Highsmith, John Le Carré, and George Orwell.