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Gender and representation in British 'golden age' crime fiction

Author: Megan Hoffman
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book provides an original and compelling analysis of the ways in which British women’s golden age crime narratives negotiate the conflicting social and cultural forces that influenced depictions of gender in popular culture in the 1920s until the late 1940s. The book explores a wide variety of texts produced both by writers who have been the focus of a relatively large amount of critical attention, such as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Megan Hoffman
ISBN: 9781137536662 1137536667
OCLC Number: 949930428
Description: 1 online resource (x, 206 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
1.Change and Anxiety --
2.'Everybody Needs an Outlet' --
3.A Joint Venture? --
4.Ladies of a Modern World --
5. Sensational Bodies --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Megan Hoffman.
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This book provides an original and compelling analysis of the ways in which British women’s golden age crime narratives negotiate the conflicting social and cultural forces that influenced depictions of gender in popular culture in the 1920s until the late 1940s. The book explores a wide variety of texts produced both by writers who have been the focus of a relatively large amount of critical attention, such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham, but also those who have received comparatively little, such as Christianna Brand, Ngaio Marsh, Gladys Mitchell, Josephine Tey and Patricia Wentworth. Through its original readings, this book explores the ambivalent nature of modes of femininity depicted in golden age crime fiction, and shows that seemingly conservative resolutions are often attempts to provide a ‘modern-yet-safe’ solution to the conflicts raised in the texts.

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