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“You’re quite a gourmet, aren’t you, Palmer?”:masculinity and food in the spy fiction of Len Deighton

Baker, Brian (2012) “You’re quite a gourmet, aren’t you, Palmer?”:masculinity and food in the spy fiction of Len Deighton. Yearbook of English Studies, 42 (n/a). pp. 30-48.

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Abstract

In this paper, the novel and film of Len Deighton's 1962 spy novel The IPCRESS File, along with Len Deighton's Action Cookbook (reprints of newspaper strips that were purposely designed for a young, male audience) will be analysed as diagnostic texts, revealing a peculiarly British (or even English) variant on a new affluent and aspirational masculinity formed in the late 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s, where the explicit disaffection of the previous decade (the ‘Angry Young Man’ or the bohemian) is mediated into consumption, the pleasures of degustation, and a laconic ‘cool’.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Yearbook of English Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: spy fiction ; Consumption ; 1950s ; masculinities
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 55514
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2012 15:07
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 15:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55514

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