In Diplomacy in Postwar British Literature and Culture, Krzakowski examines how representations of British envoys—diplomats, officials, and spies— in fiction and non-fiction by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, and John le Carré, as well as in the films of Alfred Hitchcock respond to the political instability of the postwar period. This study argues that the rise of international relations in the twentieth century shaped modern British fiction and film, and offers a new way to trace the continuities between geopolitics and British cultural production in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Caroline Zoe Krzakowski is associate professor of English at Northern Michigan University.
Chapter 1: Arbitrating the Aftermath: Rebecca West’s Journalism and the Saga of the Century
Chapter 2: Alfred Hitchcock’s International Plots
Chapter 3: Diplomatic Revisions: Lawrence Durrell’s Mountolive and the Postwar Novel
Chapter 4: Nationalism and the British Council in Olivia Manning’s Balkan Trilogy
Chapter 5: Secret Soldiers: John le Carré’s Spies and the Politics of Stability