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Crime Files

Gender and Representation in British ‘Golden Age’ Crime Fiction

Authors: Hoffman, Megan

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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.

About the authors

Megan Hoffman holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of St Andrews, UK. Her publications include a chapter entitled “Assuming Identities: Strategies of Drag in Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell Series” in Murdering Miss Marple: Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the New Golden Age of Women’s Crime Fiction ( 012) and article entries in 100 American Crime Writers (2012) and 100 British Crime Writers (2016).  

Reviews

“The 1920s-40s were a time of great change for woman, politically, socially and career wise, which Hoffman succinctly summarises at the start of her book. … I really enjoyed this book. Hoffman’s readings of texts were consistently detailed and engaging, helping me to look at familiar stories in a new light. I also liked her writing style (a crucial element in a literary criticism book), as she was enjoyable to read and informative … .” (crossexaminingcrime, crossexaminingcrime.wordpress.com, July, 2016)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hoffman, Megan

    Pages 1-14

  • Change and Anxiety: Historical Context

    Hoffman, Megan

    Pages 15-37

  • ‘Everybody Needs an Outlet’: Nonconforming Women

    Hoffman, Megan

    Pages 39-71

  • A Joint Venture?: Love, Partnership and Marriage

    Hoffman, Megan

    Pages 73-111

  • Ladies of a Modern World: Education and Work

    Hoffman, Megan

    Pages 113-156

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53666-2
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53665-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Representation in British ‘Golden Age’ Crime Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Crime Files
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53666-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53666-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53665-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 206
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