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Agatha Christie Goes to War

1st Edition

Edited by Rebecca Mills, J.C. Bernthal


208 pages

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Agatha Christie has never been substantially considered as a war writer, even though war is a constant presence in her writing. This interdisciplinary collection of essays considers the effects of these conflicts on the social and psychological textures of Christie’s detective fiction and other writings, demonstrating not only Christie’s textual navigation of her contemporary surroundings and politics, but also the value of her voice as a popular fiction writer reflecting popular concerns. Agatha Christie Goes to War introduces the ‘Queen of Crime’ as an essential voice in the discussion of war, warfare, and twentieth century literature.

Table of Contents

i. Foreword, (Sarah Phelps, scriptwriter of Christie’s And Then There Were None (2015) and The Witness for the Prosecution (2016) for the BBC)


ii. Introduction(J.C. Bernthal, University of Cambridge and Rebecca Mills, Bournemouth University)


Part 1. Ideologies and Philosophies

Chapter 1. "No unreasonable offer refused": Bolshevism and Political Insurgency in Agatha Christie’s Early Works (Stacy Gillis, Newcastle University)

Chapter 2. Terrorism and Technology: Capitalists and the Atomic Bomb (Sophie Smith, University of Southampton)

Chapter 3. Agatha Christie: Taking on Hitler. (Merja Makinen, Middlesex University; retired)

Chapter 4. Crime in Dark Times: Christie, Evil, and War (Fiona Peters, Bath Spa University)

Part 2. War and Peace

Chapter 5. Mapping War, Planning Peace: Vanishing Maps from Murder at the Vicarage (1930) to The Mirror Crack’d From Side (1963) (Sarah Martin and Sally West, University of Chester)

Chapter 6. Christie’s Wartime Hero: Peaceful Prisoner (Paula Bowles, University of Northampton)

Chapter 7. Displaced Persons: A Murder is Announced (1950) and the Condition of Post-War England (Christopher Yiannitsaros, University College London)

Part 3. Staging War

Chapter 8. "When She Eats She Will Die": Informal Meals and Social Change in Sad Cypress (1940) and And Then There Were None (1943) (J.C. Bernthal, University of Cambridge)

Chapter 9. "A Worrying, Nerve-Wracked World": Agatha Christie’s Emergence as a Playwright During and after the Second World War (Julius Green, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre)

Chapter 10. "There are Things One Doesn’t Forget": The Second World War in "Three Blind Mice" and The Mousetrap (Federica Crescentini, Independent)

Part 4. War and Remembrance

Chapter 11. "Irrelevant Tortuosity"?: Agatha Christie, British Detective Fiction, and Echoes of the Spanish Civil War (Anindya Raychaudhuri, University of St Andrews)

Chapter 12. Detecting the Blitz: Trauma and Memory in Christie’s Post-War Writings (Rebecca Mills)

Chapter 13. "Put that Light Out!": The Memory and Meaning of blackout in Christie’s Later Works (Roger Dalrymple, Oxford Brookes University)

About the Editors

Dr. Rebecca Mills is a lecturer at Bournemouth University

Dr James Bernthal-Hooker is a guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Mystery & Detective
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Historical Events