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An empire gone bad: Agatha Christie, Anglocentrism and decolonization

An empire gone bad: Agatha Christie, Anglocentrism and decolonization
An empire gone bad: Agatha Christie, Anglocentrism and decolonization
Recent scholarly accounts of early post-war society have emphasized the importance of positive and self-congratulatory narratives of decolonization – whereby the end of empire was the inevitable result of a pro-active British beneficence – or have suggested that society was shielded from a sense of imperial decline. Such accounts are complicated by Agatha Christie’s immensely popular crime novels, which constructed a narrative of British decline rooted in a sense of departure from pre-war ideals of imperial masculinity, but whose Anglocentrism nevertheless offered up the potential for imperial renewal pending a ‘rediscovery’ of such characteristics.
Empire, Decolonization, Race, Fiction
1478-0038
197-213
Prior, Christopher
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Prior, Christopher
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Prior, Christopher (2018) An empire gone bad: Agatha Christie, Anglocentrism and decolonization. Cultural and Social History, 15 (2), 197-213. (doi:10.1080/14780038.2018.1427354).

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Recent scholarly accounts of early post-war society have emphasized the importance of positive and self-congratulatory narratives of decolonization – whereby the end of empire was the inevitable result of a pro-active British beneficence – or have suggested that society was shielded from a sense of imperial decline. Such accounts are complicated by Agatha Christie’s immensely popular crime novels, which constructed a narrative of British decline rooted in a sense of departure from pre-war ideals of imperial masculinity, but whose Anglocentrism nevertheless offered up the potential for imperial renewal pending a ‘rediscovery’ of such characteristics.

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Submitted date: 31 July 2016
Accepted/In Press date: 23 August 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 January 2018
Published date: 28 July 2018
Keywords: Empire, Decolonization, Race, Fiction

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Local EPrints ID: 413490
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413490
ISSN: 1478-0038
PURE UUID: 99699dea-1e5b-4c9f-89b5-e55b83701f8b
ORCID for Christopher Prior: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1014-0598

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Date deposited: 24 Aug 2017 16:31
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 05:11

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