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Author Makinen, Merja.

Title Agatha Christie [electronic resource] ; Investigating femininity / Merja Makinen.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

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Physical description 224 p.
Series Crime files
Notes Electronic book text.
Epublication based on: 9781403941718, 2006.
Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Preliminary Proceedings Detecting Deviancy Available Femininities Women Behaving Badly Representing Women of Violence An Examination of Otherness Endnotes Bibliography Index.
File type Document
Summary Christie's books depict women as adventurous, independent figures who renegotiate sexual relationships along more equal lines. Women are also allowed to disrupt society and yet the texts refuse to see them as double deviant because of their femininity. This book demonstrates exactly how quietly innovatory Christie was in relation to gender. Far from being a conservative writer endorsing women's domestic role, Agatha Christie's books depict women as adventurous and independent, renegotiating sexual relationships along more equal lines. Career women, wives who abandon their families and even mistresses may be seen positively. Women are also allowed the dangerous competency to disrupt society, both from a swashbuckling sense of adventure and for more sinister motives, and yet the texts refuse to see them as double deviant because of their femininity. Unlike much of the criticism which chooses to focus on a few canonical texts, this detailed textual analysis of Christie's oeuvre demonstrates exactly how quietly innovatory Christie was in relation to gender, beginning in nineteen twenty and concluding in the early seventies. Makinen questions a reputation based solely as the supreme puzzle-plotter, suggesting that Christie's literary innovations in relation to femininity are important.
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History notes MERJA MAKINEN is Principal Lecturer in English Literary Studies, Middlesex University, UK, and former Programme Tutor for the MA in Popular Literary Fictions. She has published on feminist writing in the Twentieth-century (especially on Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson) and on popular genre fiction, including detective and crime writing.
Subject Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976. -- Criticism and interpretation.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism.
Femininity in literature.
Women in literature.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism.
Literary studies: from c 1900 -.
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers.
Feminism & feminist theory.
Literature.
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