'We're all strangers': post-war anxiety in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2014) 'We're all strangers': post-war anxiety in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. Clues: A Journal of Detection, 32 (2). pp. 115-123. ISSN 0742-4248


Agatha Christie's play, The Mousetrap (1952), disturbs the middlebrow, middle-class conventions of Golden Age detective fiction. By introducing an explicit suspicion of personas and roles, Christie's play points to a postwar anxiety that wartime freedom undermined the capacity for surveillance, putting citizens—especially women—at risk.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2014 05:00
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 07:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety, Christie, Agatha, The Mousetrap, war, women
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3172/CLU.32.2.115
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26236

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