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By M. Makinen

Christie's books depict ladies as adventurous, self sufficient 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 publication demonstrates precisely how quietly innovatory Christie was once in terms of gender.

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84 Gill’s nuanced readings of the female characters and Light’s argument that Christie does engage with a society in transition, ‘despite’ being a conservative writer, helped to buoy up this project during its darker days. Marion Shaw and Sabine Vanacker’s Reflecting on Miss Marple85 (1991) completes the important trio of feminist books at the beginning of the nineties, renegotiating and rehabilitating Christie’s oeuvre. 87 The appeal of the Golden Age detectives, they believe, lies in their feminisation: They may look silly, they may appear vain and affected but this is a surface which conceals their powers of reasoning and their quite ruthless quest for justice.

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. 84 Gill’s nuanced readings of the female characters and Light’s argument that Christie does engage with a society in transition, ‘despite’ being a conservative writer, helped to buoy up this project during its darker days. Marion Shaw and Sabine Vanacker’s Reflecting on Miss Marple85 (1991) completes the important trio of feminist books at the beginning of the nineties, renegotiating and rehabilitating Christie’s oeuvre.

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. ‘We will arrange the facts, neatly, each in his proper place.

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