Spinsters, Surveillance, and Speech: The Case of Miss Marple, Miss Mole, and Miss Jekyll

@article{Mezei2007SpinstersSA,
  title={Spinsters, Surveillance, and Speech: The Case of Miss Marple, Miss Mole, and Miss Jekyll},
  author={Kathy Mezei},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  year={2007},
  volume={30},
  pages={103 - 120}
}
  • K. Mezei
  • Published 26 April 2007
  • Art
  • Journal of Modern Literature
Agatha Christie's The Murder at the Vicarage, E.H. Young's Miss Mole, and Ivy Compton-Burnett's A House and Its Head are inter-war, middlebrow, domestic and detective novels characterized by narrative ambiguity and illusion. Through the voice and gaze of their spinster protagonists, socially marginal, yet potentially transgressive figures, these novels covertly query power and gender relations, while simultaneously upholding the status quo. Each novel's techniques of focalization and narration… 
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