The Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie

Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of all time, and Dame Agatha Christie remains its most enduring author. Her detectives dominate our screens and stages, and her prolific body of work is often cited as the most widely translated, after Shakespeare and the Bible. In this course we will reconstruct her life and context, in order to better understand how her experiences, from her seaside childhood in Torquay to her adventures on archaeological digs in the Middle East, shape her writing.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Agatha Christie, Autobiography
  • Agatha Christie, Come Tell Me How You Live
  • Your favourite Christie novel, story, or play!


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Review of Christie’s biography
  • Analysis of key scenes in her Autobiography
  • Analysis of key scenes in her memoir Come Tell Me How You Live
  • Discussion of influence of life experiences on key novels and short stories
  • Discussion of her legacy and modern adaptations of her writing


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the influence that Christie’s life and context had on her writing.
  2. Account for her enduring popularity.
  3. Compare and contrast her work with contemporary adaptations.
  4. Reread your favourite Christie novels and debate the merits of different thespian incarnations of her most iconic detectives: Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple.
$75 Limited / $68

<p>Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of all time, and Dame Agatha Christie remains its most enduring author. Her detectives dominate our screens and stages, and her prolific body of work

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03 Oct

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