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By M. Makinen

Christie's books depict girls as adventurous, autonomous figures who renegotiate sexual relationships alongside extra equivalent strains. ladies also are allowed to disrupt society and but the texts refuse to determine them as double deviant as a result of their femininity. This booklet demonstrates precisely how quietly innovatory Christie was once in terms of gender.

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Agatha Christie: Investigating Femininity

Christie's books depict ladies as adventurous, self sufficient figures who renegotiate sexual relationships alongside extra equivalent strains. ladies also are allowed to disrupt society and but the texts refuse to work out them as double deviant as a result of their femininity. This publication demonstrates precisely how quietly innovatory Christie was once with regards to gender.

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And in very truth, run and leap he did, gambolling wildly down the stretch of lawn outside the long window. ’ asked a voice behind me, and I turned to find Mary Cavendish at my elbow. She smiled and so did I. (MAAS, p. 149) That such behaviour is ‘ridiculous’ to English eyes is being written into this depiction, and it is a view that includes the reader. Finally, as Hastings unwittingly gives him the final clue, Poirot is presented in an overt spectacle of the genius at work in a representation that is deliberately constructed as completely other to, foreign to, the English mentality (metonymically Hastings and Mary Cavendish in tandem).

109 Influenced by Light and deploying Ingman’s inter-war stereotypes of the flapper and the ‘surplus women’ alongside the virgin, whore and mother, Plain pays particular attention to the flapper and the mother. She sees the flapper as boyishly ‘asexual’ in Murder on the Links, despite Cinderella’s attention to her makeup, her impossibly scarlet lips and an ‘impudence’ that Hastings clearly sees as sexual and transgressive, in his terming her ‘a minx’. 114 Susan Rowland’s From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendell continues the dense and detailed readings of specific individual texts as indicative of Christie’s oeuvre, as it interrogates a number of critical issues in relation to the six women writers who have dominated crime fiction in Britain.

And then towards the end of the book, when he has proof that confirms his diagnosis: ‘Ah my friend, I am like a giant refreshed. I run! ’ And in very truth, run and leap he did, gambolling wildly down the stretch of lawn outside the long window. ’ asked a voice behind me, and I turned to find Mary Cavendish at my elbow. She smiled and so did I. (MAAS, p. 149) That such behaviour is ‘ridiculous’ to English eyes is being written into this depiction, and it is a view that includes the reader. Finally, as Hastings unwittingly gives him the final clue, Poirot is presented in an overt spectacle of the genius at work in a representation that is deliberately constructed as completely other to, foreign to, the English mentality (metonymically Hastings and Mary Cavendish in tandem).

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