Agatha Christie

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How cozy are Agatha Christie's novels? They may seem to depict a stable world of respect for tradition, shared culture, settled gender and class roles, political conservatism and unambiguous morality, in which reason suffices to control disorder. But this world is threatened by modernity and uncertainty: war, social mobility, extremist politics, moral liberalization. Prominent citizens may be criminals, detectives are not wholly unlike murderers, social life is largely theatrical, and violence can bring about ...

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Overview

How cozy are Agatha Christie's novels? They may seem to depict a stable world of respect for tradition, shared culture, settled gender and class roles, political conservatism and unambiguous morality, in which reason suffices to control disorder. But this world is threatened by modernity and uncertainty: war, social mobility, extremist politics, moral liberalization. Prominent citizens may be criminals, detectives are not wholly unlike murderers, social life is largely theatrical, and violence can bring about harmony.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230525016
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Crime Files Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD YORK is Professor Emeritus in European Literature at the University of Ulster, UK.

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Table of Contents

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

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