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Author Hoffman, Megan, author.

Title Gender and representation in British 'golden age' crime fiction / Megan Hoffman.

Published London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]


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Physical description 1 online resource (x, 206 pages)
Series Springer English/International eBooks 2016 - Full Set
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-202) and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1.Change and Anxiety -- 2.'Everybody Needs an Outlet' -- 3.A Joint Venture? -- 4.Ladies of a Modern World -- 5. Sensational Bodies -- Conclusion.
Summary This book provides an original and compelling analysis of the ways in which British women’s golden age crime narratives negotiate the conflicting social and cultural forces that influenced depictions of gender in popular culture in the 1920s until the late 1940s. The book explores a wide variety of texts produced both by writers who have been the focus of a relatively large amount of critical attention, such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham, but also those who have received comparatively little, such as Christianna Brand, Ngaio Marsh, Gladys Mitchell, Josephine Tey and Patricia Wentworth. Through its original readings, this book explores the ambivalent nature of modes of femininity depicted in golden age crime fiction, and shows that seemingly conservative resolutions are often attempts to provide a ‘modern-yet-safe’ solution to the conflicts raised in the texts.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Detective and mystery stories, English -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Women authors, English -- 20th century.
Gender identity in literature.
Femininity in literature.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9781137536662 electronic bk.
1137536667 electronic bk.