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Crime Files

Queering Agatha Christie

Revisiting the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Authors: Bernthal, J.C

  • Offers the first book-length queer reading of Christie's work
  • Expands queer notions of archive and canonicity
  • Considers Christie’s reputation in the twenty-first century by exploring nostalgic television adaptations of her work
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About this book

This book is the first fully theorized queer reading of a Golden Age British crime writer. Agatha Christie was the most commercially successful novelist of the twentieth century, and her fiction remains popular. She created such memorable characters as Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple, and has become synonymous with a nostalgic, conservative tradition of crime fiction. J.C. Bernthal reads Christie through the lens of queer theory, uncovering a playful, alert, and subversive social commentary. After considering Christie’s emergence in a commercial market hostile to her sex, in Queering Agatha Christie Bernthal explores homophobic stereotypes, gender performativity, queer children, and masquerade in key texts published between 1920 and 1952. Christie engaged with debates around human identity in a unique historical period affected by two world wars. The final chapter considers twenty-first century Poirot and Marple adaptations, with visible LGBT characters, and poses the question: might the books be queerer?

About the authors

J.C. Bernthal is a private researcher for a major crime writer. He holds a PhD from the University of Exeter, UK, where he taught English Literature, and is the editor of The Ageless Agatha Christie (2016).

Reviews

“Queering Agatha Christie is the latest of many works subjecting Christie’s considerable œuvre to new readings. … this volume is a timely, rich, immensely suggestive, and … wonderfully well-written reassessment of Agatha Christie and her work.” (Alyce von Rothkirchi, Modern Language Review, Vol. 112, October, 2017)


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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33533-9
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33532-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81538-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Queering Agatha Christie
Book Subtitle
Revisiting the Golden Age of Detective Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Crime Files
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33533-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33533-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33532-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81538-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 304
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