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Routledge Studies in Espionage and Culture


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Routledge Studies in Espionage and Culture is an interdisciplinary series with a transnational focus that seeks to generate new insights into the connections between espionage and culture. The twentieth century saw the emergence and growth of the espionage genre in literature, popular fiction, cinema and television. This series explores all aspects of that genre, its audiences and its relationship with the "reality" of espionage.

The series investigates representations of the intelligence world and how we interact with it, using an international scope to compare cultures of espionage between nations, and also examine how works of culture are received internationally. It blends several disciplines including cultural studies, history, literature and film studies, and covers topics such as the spy novel, films, television shows, documentaries, games, music, fashion and materiality. The series is also concerned with political cultures and the everyday lives within the organisations themselves, as well as wider considerations of surveillance culture.

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The National Security Sublime On the Aesthetics of Government Secrecy

The National Security Sublime: On the Aesthetics of Government Secrecy

1st Edition

By Matthew Potolsky
March 26, 2019

Why do recent depictions of government secrecy and surveillance so often use images suggesting massive size and scale: gigantic warehouses, remote black sites, numberless security cameras? Drawing on post-War American art, film, television, and fiction, Matthew Potolsky argues that the aesthetic of...

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