Genre Fiction

Agatha Christie and New Directions in Reading Detective Fiction

Agatha Christie and New Directions in Reading Detective Fiction
Author : Alistair Rolls
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2022-06-17
ISBN 10 : 9781000604399
ISBN 13 : 100060439X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agatha Christie and New Directions in Reading Detective Fiction Book Description:

This book brings a new lens to the work of Agatha Christie through a series of close readings which challenge the official solutions by Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. This book's approach interweaves two core ideas: first, it explores the importance of French critic Pierre Bayard’s self-styled ‘detective criticism’; second, it takes detective criticism in a new direction by refocusing on the beginnings of Agatha Christie’s novels. In this way, the book counters the end-orientation that has traditionally dominated the reading experience of, and critical response to, detective fiction by exploring the potential of the beginning to host other interpretations and stories. Offering a new way of reading detective fiction, this book is a mixture of narratology and detective criticism, and deploys it in the form of radical new readings of a number of Christie’s most famous works. This illuminating text will interest students and scholars of crime and detective fiction, literary studies, and comparative literature.

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