Agatha Christie: Investigating Femininity (Crime Files)

December 6, 2013 - Comment

Far from being a conservative writer endorsing women’s domestic role, Agatha Christie’s book depicts women as adventurous, independent women who renegotiate sexual relationships along more equal lines. Women are also allowed the dangerous competency to disrupt society and yet the texts refuse to see them as double deviant because of their femininity. This detailed textual

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Far from being a conservative writer endorsing women’s domestic role, Agatha Christie’s book depicts women as adventurous, independent women who renegotiate sexual relationships along more equal lines. Women are also allowed the dangerous competency to disrupt society and yet the texts refuse to see them as double deviant because of their femininity. This detailed textual analysis of her oeuvre demonstrates exactly how quietly innovatory Christie was in relation to gender, beginning in nineteen twenty and concluding in the early seventies.

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Kevin Killian says:

Much More of a Feminist than Previous Critics have Argued Merja Makinen has gone back to basics in her spirited defense of Agatha Christie’s feminism, and in doing so, takes nearly every other previous critic to task for errors of fact and emphasis. Makinen follows in the footsteps of Alison Light, whose discussion of Christie’s class politics in Forever England (1991) has been something of a beacon to newer generations of scholars. But Forever England is not a monograph, and treats Christie together with several of her contemporaries, while Makinen…

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