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By M. Makinen

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Christie's books depict girls as adventurous, self sustaining figures who renegotiate sexual relationships alongside extra equivalent traces. ladies also are allowed to disrupt society and but the texts refuse to determine them as double deviant due to their femininity. This ebook demonstrates precisely how quietly innovatory Christie was once with regards to gender.

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In Appointment with Death (1938), for example, the ‘power in Transjordania’, Colonel Carberry, ‘had been interested to see this world-famous person to whose gifts his old friend and ally in the Intelligence had paid such unstinting tribute’ (AWD, p. 129)47 and Poirot reveals the solution ‘with dignity’ (AWD, p. 284). At the beginning of Murder on the Orient Express (1934), the English woman’s first view of him is presented as ‘A ridiculous-looking little man. The sort of little man one could never take seriously’ (MOOE, p.

45 This is not quite accurate. Initially Poirot ‘acts out’ his foreignness in an extreme spectacle, while in later novels this is tempered into his own manipulation of it as he gains more assurity and composure. At some point in almost every Poirot novel is a little Englander figure who constructs him as a ridiculous foreigner, an ‘other’. Hastings, the sidekick who embodies all the boys’ own heroics, concern for status and Edwardian sentimentality about women, is often used to illuminate Poirot’s foreignness.

83 Such a reading, though suggestive, ignores the range and potential of Christie’s descriptions, but then gender is not Light’s main focus. The central argument of the chapter is that far from harking to a pre-war nostalgia for an Edwardian era, Christie’s texts negotiate and produce a new, modern (and popular modernist) literature of inter-war cultural mores, and that they intervene in the cultural debates, debunking past values and introducing new ones in a moderate, comic mode. Misleading, then, to take the fiction at face value, and imagine that Agatha Christie never addresses any sense of social disturbance: on one level her writing speaks to nothing else.

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