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Histories, Adaptations, and Legacies of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Edited By

Randal Rogers

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ISBN 9781032171517
May 18, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

While providing critical reflections on the work across generations of enthusiasts, this is the first book exclusively dedicated to John le Carré’s 1974 novel and its adaptations in radio, TV, and film.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy stands among the most reproduced espionage tales of all time, with adaptations in television, radio, and film. Histories, Adaptations, and Legacies of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a collection of essays by international experts who each provides an account of the story’s currency across generations of audiences and scholars. Fans of the late John le Carré and the espionage genre will find here a comprehensive guidebook to the novel and its adaptations. Scholars, students, and amateur investigators alike will discover important historical, thematic, and theoretical ideas to explore and interrogate. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a complex tale of the espionage trade and its crew of motley eccentrics. This collection decodes its puzzles, riddles, and enigmas regarding secrecy, betrayal, ethics, and survival in the context of the United Kingdom’s place in the post-Second World War global order.

A comprehensive guide for amateurs and an in-depth study of the novel’s histories, legacies, and approaches for students and scholars.

Table of Contents

1. Tracing le Carré: his work on the road

Toby Miller

2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), the le Carré film cycle, and the espionage thriller

Tom Ryall

3. The days before empire became a dirty word: decline, nostalgia and betrayal in John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Jost Hindersmann

4. Ethical dilemmas in John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and its adaptations

Lars Ole Sauerberg

5. Gramophone, telephone, radio, spy: mediation and espionage

Brian Baker

6. Searching for a lost home in the labyrinth: set design in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Jane Barnwell

7. Meeting the real George Smiley?: John le Carré and Alec Guinness at the bbc (1978-82)

Joseph Oldham

8. ‘Essentially, another man’s woman’: information and gender in the novel and adaptations of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Geraint D’Arcy

9. Le Carré’s queer nostalgia

Randal Rogers

10. Interrogation in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tod Hoffman

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Randal Rogers is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Gender, Religion, and Critical Studies at the University of Regina. He is a SSHRC-funded scholar who is currently writing a book about queer subjects in the espionage genre of film and television.