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Title: Call her slim : an original novel with critical commentary
Author: Baird, Thomas Henry
ISNI:       0000 0004 2738 8201
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2011
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Abstract The thesis consists of an original novel and a critical commentary on the novel. Original novel: Call Her Slim. A contemporary espionage thriller set in multiple international locations, Call Her Slim depicts a hypothetical false flag operation co-ordinated by several Western intelligence agencies in order to discredit and undermine the current Libyan regime. The narrative focuses upon a female 'sleeper' agent, an unwitting suicide bomber, illustrating her systematic manipulation by the UK intelligence apparatus and the betrayal by those close to her in assisting this end. More generally, the novel depicts an act of covert State-Sponsored Terrorism and how a civilian might become entangled in the operations of intelligence services. Critical Commentary The commentary discusses the submitted novel in the broader context of 'the post- 9111 novel'. The commentary defines characteristics of the post-9111 novel common to both thrillers and literary fiction with a thriller element. To date, studies on the American '9/11 novel' or post-9/11 novels neither focus upon nor incorporate the post-9/11 thriller novel. This commentary extends the focus of the debate to thrillers, and also into the literary field of utopianism, in considering how the post-9/11 novel may be interpretable in terms of dystopian discourse.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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