Discover Auburn Lecture Series hosting Jon Bolton in 'Cambridge Spies in Literature and Film'

Published: March 31, 2021

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On April 8 at 3 p.m., the Discover Auburn Lecture Series will host professor Jon Bolton, Auburn University English Department, in a program titled, "Another Country: The Cambridge Spies in Literature and Film," in which Bolton will discuss his new book, “The Blunt Affair.”

Bolton’s book is a study of a number of plays and films related to the Cambridge spies from the time of Anthony Blunt’s unmasking as the “fourth man” in late 1979 to the end of the Cold War. The story of the Cambridge spies, a group of privileged, upper-middle class men who went to elite boarding schools then on to Cambridge University where they were recruited as Soviet spies, became surprisingly topical amid the rise in anti-gay sentiment during the AIDs crisis, abuses of state secrecy under the Thatcher government and resurgent British patriotism from the Falklands War.

The program will be presented via Zoom and is open to the public. There will be an opportunity for questions following the lecture.

Submitted by: Jayson Hill