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Author York, R.A., 1941-

Title Agatha Christie: Power and illusion [electronic resource] / R.A. York.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 184 p.
Series Crime files
Notes Ebook.
Originally published in: 2007.
Contents Ackowledgements Introduction The spectacle of death The wrong angle Actors and imposters Human nature The self and the other Change and decay The war of good and evil Clues The myth of crime The real and the unreal The culture Curtain: a conclusion Bibliography Index.
File type Document
Summary This study shows how she sought to reconcile her attachment to the Victorian past with her recognition of a new society that undermined established order and in doing so gave more opportunities to women, confused class-boundaries, extended tolerance, allowed the cult of pleasure and self-assertion and revealed the ambiguities of respectability. Agatha Christie's novels are not just an image of an ideal world of comfort and order. They depict a world subject to change - to war, to social instability, to the questioning of moral values - and they are closely related to current events. How did Christie, nostalgic for a stable society, respond to change? This book considers her treatment of crime both as illustrating a fundamentally evil human nature and as provoking ingenuity, enterprise, collaboration and enhanced tolerance. Two key factors appear: the illusion which she thinks inherent in human understanding and which is exploited by the cynical and self-interested, and the love of power which taints family and society, which can provoke and motivate murder, and yet which is the basis of energetic action - for good or for evil. Against these stands the activity of the detectives: but is this activity rational or intuitive? Is it innocent, or does it have some complicity with the power and illusion it seeks to combat?
System notes Adobe Ebook Reader.
History notes R.A YORK was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge, UK and University College London. In1969 he joined the University of Ulster, UK, eventually becoming Emeritus Professor of European Literature. He has published on European, British and American literature, with a special interest in literary form and language.
Subject Literary studies: from c 1900 -.
Literary essays.
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