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WGS 4559 - Gender and Espionage [F21 Hagerman]



Virgo Catalog + Articles [Book Reviews] 

Women's Studies International [Women's Studies] 

American History + Life [US/Canadian History]

Historical Abstracts [World History] 

ProQuest Historical Newspapers [Newspapers] 

Book Bundles

Bundle 1:

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy who Helped Win World War II (Sonia Purnell, 2019)

The Invisible Woman (Erika Robuck, 2021)


Bundle 2:

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos (Judy Batalion, 2021)

We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel (Georgia Hunter, 2017)


Bundle 3:

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II (Sarah Rose, 2020)

The Spark of Resistance: Women Spies in WWII (Kit Sergeant, 2020)


Bundle 4:

The Debs of Bletchley Park (Michael Smith, 2015)

The Rose Code (Kate Quinn, 2021)


Bundle 5: 

Agent Sonya (Ben MacIntyre, 2020) 

 A Most Clever Girl (Stephanie Marie Thornton, 2021)   


Final Research Paper

Final Research Paper: There are a TON of books that have been published about female spies—both fiction and nonfiction. For this ten-page paper, students will choose among 4 “bundles” (with a maximum of five students per bundle) so they can compare a fictional and a non-fictional account of a World War II female(s) involved in espionage. Part of the paper asks you to consider how the messages conveyed through the two different genres uphold or explode stereotypes, and which does a better job of communicating the importance of female participation in espionage. Do the books you read recycle old tropes about gender and espionage? These two books will provide the starting point for your research. What did newspapers at the time or more recently say about the women you researched? What event(s) stands out as requiring more attention? Students will have the opportunity to meet with other students who also chose your same bundle to chat about important passages/events detailed in the books, and where your own research is taking you. This Final Research Paper will be in lieu of a final exam and should be submitted to Professor Hagerman by Monday, December 13, 2021 at 12 noon. Late papers will be accepted until Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. and penalties (papers will be dropped one full letter grade for each day late) will apply. Please contact Dr. Hagerman if you are experiencing difficulties with meeting that final deadline.