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”Mind you, I still believe in democracy”: Samhälle och politik i Agatha Christieskriminalromaner
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2007 (Swedish)In: Samlaren: tidskrift för svensk litteraturvetenskaplig forskning, ISSN 0348-6133, E-ISSN 2002-3871, Vol. 128, 146-175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lars Wendelius, ”Mind you, I still believe in democracy”. Samhälle och politik i Agatha Christies kriminalromaner. (Society and Politics in Agatha Christie’s Crime Novels.)

A deep distrust of man and a longing for order and stability characterize Christie’s novels. The social system is threatened by man’s desire to transgress given boundaries, above all by his utopian and idealistic dreams of a brave new world nourished by his lust for power. The opponents of these tendencies represent pragmatism, common sense, experience and tradi­tions — virtues personified by characters like Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Christie’s books are characterized by, on the one hand, a tendency to idealize the old (Victorian and Edwardian) world and to represent the modern world as rootless and hollow, and, on the other hand, a tendency to represent the modern world as full of possibilities of self-realiza­tion for common man.

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Uppsala: Svenska Litteratursällskapet , 2007. Vol. 128, 146-175 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172456DiVA: diva2:514710
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