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- DescriptionThis book is the first fully theorized queer reading of a Golden Age British crime writer. Agatha Christie was the most commercially successful velist of the twentieth century, and her fiction remains popular. She created such memorable characters as Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple, and has become synymous with a stalgic, 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?
- Author BiographyJ.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).
- Author(s)James Bernthal
- PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
- Date of Publication02/09/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleCrime Files
- Place of PublicationCham
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintSpringer International Publishing AG
- Content Notebiography
- Weight534 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
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