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Agatha Christie and New Directions in Reading Detective Fiction : Narratology and Detective Criticism - Alistair Rolls

Agatha Christie and New Directions in Reading Detective Fiction

Narratology and Detective Criticism

By: Alistair Rolls

Paperback | 27 May 2024

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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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'I can say without any equivocation that this is one of the most brilliant, exciting, and most ground-breaking studies of crime fiction I have read in the past 20 years (and that all serious scholars of the genre need to read) and one that promises to bring welcome and renewed interest to Agatha Christie and to Christie scholarship.'

Professor Andrew Pepper, Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland.

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