Agatha Christie: Power and Illusion

Hardcover | September 15, 2007

byRichard York

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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 harmony.

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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...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.88 × 5.78 × 0.6 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230525016

ISBN - 13:9780230525016

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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