In A Dead Man in Deptford Burgess presents a vividly realised picture of Elizabethan society, in which the practice of espionage features strongly. A major plot-thread concerns the initiation and immersion of Kit Marlowe in the world of secrets, violence and deception presided over by the spy-master Walsingham. This paper takes the realisation of Marlowe in this novel, the last work Burgess published in his lifetime, as the starting point for a retrospective exploration of Burgess’s repeated engagement with the trope of the outsider, and particularly the outsider as spy, whether employed by the state for purposes of espionage, or for more personal motives.
|Title of host publication||Marlowe, Shakespeare, Burgess: Anthony Burgess and his Elizabethan Affiliations|
|Place of Publication||Angers, France|
|Publisher||Presses de l'université d'Angers|
|Number of pages||153|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2012|
|Name||Anthony Burgess Centre Series|
Spence, R. (2012). "The Secret Theatre of our Society": the spy as outsider in Burgess. In G. Woodroffe (Ed.), Marlowe, Shakespeare, Burgess: Anthony Burgess and his Elizabethan Affiliations (pp. 107-112). (Anthony Burgess Centre Series). Presses de l'université d'Angers. http://www.masterbibangers.net/ABC/index.php/research-activities/publications.html