Queering Agatha Christie - Bernthal, J.C
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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…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
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?
  • Produktdetails
  • Crime Files
  • Verlag: Springer, Berlin; Springer International Publishing;
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 978-3-319-33532-2
  • 1st ed. 2016
  • Erscheinungstermin: Oktober 2016
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 216mm x 153mm x 21mm
  • Gewicht: 550g
  • ISBN-13: 9783319335322
  • ISBN-10: 3319335324
  • Artikelnr.: 44769827
Autorenporträt
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).
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction.- Chapter 1. Constructing Agatha Christie.- Chapter 2. English Masculinity and its Others.- Chapter 3. Femininity and Masquerade.- Chapter 4. Queer Children, Crooked Houses.- Chapter 5. Queering Christie on Television.- Conclusion.
Rezensionen
"Queering Agatha Christie is the latest of many works subjecting Christie's considerable oeuvre 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)