Deception: Spies, Lies and Forgeries


Deception: Spies, Lies and Forgeries


Edited by Laura Crossley and Clara Sitbon

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

From literary hoaxes, through spy fictions to military intelligence, deceptions permeate our lives and their representations. This volume examines the many facets of deception and its central role in contemporary experience.

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We have entered a ‘post-truth era’, in which, Daniel J. Boorstin notes, ‘believability’ has become an acceptable substitute for ‘truth’, and ‘manifold deceptions of our culture’ are difficult to separate from ‘its few enduring truths’. In this era, communities and individuals may feel routinely duped, cheated or betrayed. Though truth may be considered intrinsically valuable, deception may sometimes be useful or necessary. Sometimes there is pleasure in the spectacle of deception. This volume addresses a variety of areas, coming from different disciplines and methodological approaches: what unites them is the notion of deception. Deception is not just one thing: it can be used for personal liberation and expression; it can be use as a tool of state oppression and sometimes it is purely entertainment.

Introduction: Everybody Lies
Laura Crossley

Clothes as Pseudo-Events: Ballyhoo, Rapture Bombs and Reginald Perrin
Barbara Brownie

Seeing Isn’t Believing: The Fallacy of Vision in The Ipcress File and Skyfall
Laura Crossley

The Unreliable Narrator and the Problem of Deceptive Narration
Bariş Mete

Culture Matters: Strategic Deception in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Ron Schleifer

Lying as Second Person Engagement
David Simpson

Fake Testimonies: How the Literary Hoax Becomes a Tool for Social and Humanitarian Awareness
Clara Sitbon

Laura Crossley is a lecturer in Media and Film Studies, with a PhD from the University of Manchester; the PhD investigated notions of nation and identity in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Areas of interest focus on representations of British national identity in film and television, British stars and stardom and the function of nostalgia in film. She has published on the spy film and is currently working on a monograph on British espionage cinema. Her most recent talks have focused on the fictional female agent, Modesty Blaise.

Clara Sitbon is a scholarly teaching fellow at the University of Sydney where she lectures in French Studies. Her PhD focused on Vernon Sullivan and the literary hoax. She is currently working on two monographs, one on Vernon Sullivan, the other on the Série Noire, and is leading a number of edited collections, including on Boris Vian and hoax theory. She is a member of the University of Newcastle’s Detective Fiction on the Move strategic research network.