By M. Makinen
Christie's books depict ladies as adventurous, self sustaining figures who renegotiate sexual relationships alongside extra equivalent traces. girls also are allowed to disrupt society and but the texts refuse to determine them as double deviant due to their femininity. This e-book demonstrates precisely how quietly innovatory Christie used to be on the subject of gender.
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There were complications in the binary divide between what was culturally expected of masculinity brought about by men returning from the front suffering with the ‘female malady’ of neurasthenia, quickly renamed as shell-shock, and women’s role renegotiated to work on the land and in the munitions factories as part of the war effort. Just because Christie’s most well-known two detectives are both elderly from their inception does not mean that we can necessarily assume that Christie’s narratives or characters will evince old-fashioned views or reinforce what was rapidly becoming outmoded ways of being.
119 I would want to argue, following the readings of her portrayal of career women and wives renegotiating marital roles, in Chapter 3, that quietly and less obtrusively, Christie is in accord with, rather than in contrast to, such feminist agendas. 120 Perhaps it comes down to how one reads ‘renegotiation’ in relation to ‘reinvigoration’ within the cultural crisis of gender norms of the inter-war years, since the two might not necessarily be mutually exclusive. 122 Despite my occasional disagreements with particular conclusions, Rowland’s analysis of Christie’s representations of gender are enormously useful and yet another ally in the thesis that ‘The claim that detecting and crime fiction is an essentially conservative literary art rests upon the privileging of “closure” over “process” in storytelling’ and that The literary arts of these six crime writers have re-plotted the process of crime novels in ways that profoundly affect the reading experience.
58) Detecting Deviancy 41 The narrative leaves no doubt about Hastings’s erroneousness and Poirot’s mastery, but does not explicate why this is so. This power placement can create quite complex patterns when Poirot’s assuredness is linked to his feminine otherness: ‘We waited in a tense silence. ’ (MAAS, p. 67)52 His ‘feminine’ concern for domestic details in uncovering the solution – how big a dinner someone ate, where a missing cup had gone to, why a key had a wire tag, a grease stain or mud on a carpet – links to his concern with furnishings and are allied to his ability to solve the mystery.
Agatha Christie: Investigating Femininity by M. Makinen