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Master Thesis

Enclosure in Agatha Christie’s works

Abstract : This mémoire examines a particular technique, called the closed circle of suspects, used in Agatha Christie’s detective novels. This method consists of using a confined setting as a crime scene in order to delineate a restricted group of suspects among which the murderer can be found. This raises the question of the relationship between spatial enclosure and social enclosure in these works, and notably how these two archetypes, seemingly so distinct, can complement each other. By analysing six of Christie’s closed circle mysteries, this mémoire aims at showing that Christie gave unprecedented psychoanalytical depth to what was merely supposed to be a convenient writing strategy, and turned it into a grim social commentary. Christie’s closed circle mysteries are a Gothic-like literature of social and psychological terror, in which – despite the apparent happy ending – the process of spatial enclosure only highlights that the threats to social order always come from inside society itself.
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Émilie Laurent. Enclosure in Agatha Christie’s works. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2021. ⟨dumas-03575249⟩



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