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Saturday 19 October: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Little Hall, Sidgwick Site, CB3 9DA

Secret agents, fake identities, double crossings. Not to mention all the scenic locations and sexual frissons. It is clear why we are gripped by spy stories. With the plot intrigue, the mysterious characters, and the international conspiracies, the stakes are certainly high in these tales of espionage. This talk looks back at some classics of the genre and considers what spy fiction tells us about society more generally. Moving from Joseph Conrad and John le Carré to James Bond and Killing Eve, it will explore the continued lure of spies and assassins through the ages.

Dr Erica Wickerson is a Research Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge. Her first book, The Architecture of Narrative Time, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017 and shortlisted for the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize. She is currently writing a book entitled Why We Care About Culture, in which she compares classic works of literature with works of contemporary popular culture to explore what entertains us, what it says about society, and why we care. She has written numerous related articles for The Independent and has been awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award in support of this project. She has also published international journal articles on literature, film, and graphic narratives covering different languages, cultures, and time periods.

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Age: Adults, Talk, Arrive on time, Free