By M. Makinen
Faraway from being a conservative author endorsing women's family position, Agatha Christie's publication depicts ladies as adventurous, autonomous ladies who renegotiate sexual relationships alongside extra equivalent traces. ladies also are allowed the harmful competency to disrupt society and but the texts refuse to work out them as double deviant as a result of their femininity. This distinctive textual research of her oeuvre demonstrates precisely how quietly innovatory Christie was once when it comes to gender, starting in nineteen twenty and concluding within the early seventies.
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I’m only a foreigner, you see, so it does not matter. ” ’ (ECR, p. 36) Indeed, in the later texts, Poirot’s accentuated foreignness, as a way of manipulating the English suspects, turns their xenophobic dismissal of him as less intelligent against them and thus implicitly indicts their prejudice. In her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, however, the character is less in control of this characteristic, and overtly ‘acts out’ his difference. On greeting Hastings, he kisses him warmly, to the Englishman’s discomfort.
118 Marriage is an important focus, and at times closure, for Christie but my examination in Chapter 3 of the whole range and diversity of acceptable feminine roles complicates such a unitary conclusion. 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.
Her complement to the idea that Christie’s world is one of the leisured middle classes, though, is an important one. Christie discusses and describes day-to-day circumstances of work much more frequently than in many more self-consciously literary works concerned with such participants. The carrying out of domestic chores, shopping, cleaning, clerical work, looking after the sick, raising children, the hiring and firing of servants; all these activities are recorded in detail. ’73 Priestman and Taylor read the fiction as fetishising domesticity as the appropriate sphere for women, both focussing on the Miss Marple novels for such a conclusion.
Agatha Christie: Investigating Femininity (Crime Files) by M. Makinen