By S. Rowland
From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendell is the 1st e-book to contemplate heavily the highly well known and influential works of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Nag Marsh, P.D. James and Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. delivering reports of forty two key novels, this quantity introduces those authors for college kids and the final reader within the context in their lives, and of severe debates on gender, colonialism, psychoanalysis, the Gothic, and feminism. It contains interviews with P.D. James and Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine.
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In this sense, golden age fiction is about the restitution of comedy in the face of tragedy. D. James’s repeated returns to the holocaust, does a leaking away of the reassuring parody of death occur. Given this argument of parodying death, detective fiction can be said to have a religious function. It operates as a ritual to banish mortality: its artificiality in one sense is distanced from the ritual structure, and in another sense makes it possible (see Chapter 6). A tone of ‘play’ moves the novel away from ritual seriousness, but by parodying and solving death, by turning it into a self-consciously fictional narrative, it fulfils a ritual function.
Golden age fictions gender themselves against what they structure as male heroism. The two post-golden age writers gender their work with and against the golden age as feminine. They combine generic self-referentiality with literary realism in further interventions of gender in the genre. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-09 38 Social Negotiations: Class, Crime and Power Popular preconceptions of these six novelists and, indeed, the whole detecting genre tends to associate their works with conservative politics and against the democratising forces of modern society.
Cordelia Gray, interestingly, tries to reconcile Miss Marple’s gossipy and unofficial strategies with what she takes to be an authoritative and authorising police method, which looks directly to Dalgliesh as a final masculine sanction. The reason these detectives need the resources of feminised practises in addition to legal processes is the domesticated sphere of the emerging genre. The four interwar writers set murder in the home or in a work environment where men and women work together with strong domestic and erotic overtones.
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