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Humanities 2019, 8(1), 23;

From Maps to Stories: Dangerous Spaces in Agatha Christie’s Homes

Department of Humanities, University of Salerno, 84084 Salerno, Italy
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 27 January 2019 / Published: 31 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Negotiating Spaces in Women’s Writing)
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In the common imagination, home denotes the physical space where human beings find protection, intimacy, and bliss. Home is a place of affection and warmth. This article proposes to analyze the perception of the place called home within Christie’s narratives and how her fictional households are deprived of their protective value and become as blood soaked as the hard-boiled dirty back alleys. The article focuses on how every room occupies a different role in Christie’s fictional houses. There are safe rooms—the busiest rooms of the household where murder never happens—and dangerous rooms. The dangerous room—the murder scene—is described through the use of a map offered by the first-person narrator. The map provides the reader with important spatial information: this is the very place where the murder was perpetrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: detective fiction; Golden Age fiction; domestic space; home; maps; house plans detective fiction; Golden Age fiction; domestic space; home; maps; house plans

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