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Agatha 2015 : Agatha Christie: Hidden Horizons *EXTENDED DEADLINE*


When Apr 13, 2015 - Apr 14, 2015
Where University of Exeter
Submission Deadline Dec 15, 2014
Categories    english literature   popular culture   detective fiction   middlebrow

Call For Papers

Call For Papers
A two-day conference at the University of Exeter
13-14 April 2015

Keynote speakers:
Professor GILL PLAIN University of St Andrews
SOPHIE HANNAH Author of The Monogram Murders

Author of over eighty mystery novels, Agatha Christie was the best-selling writer of the twentieth century. Her detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are iconic and her play The Mousetrap is the longest-running in history.

Since her death in 1976, Christie’s popularity has only increased, and her legacy has been interpreted in various, sometimes surprising new ways. In addition, new perspectives on the Queen of Crime’s life and work have opened up. As her grandson, Mathew Prichard, said in 2014, ‘Agatha Christie is so much more than an author.’

Agatha Christie: Hidden Horizons will unite researchers across the humanities with scholars and enthusiasts for an exploration of the Agatha Christie phenomenon. In addition to research presentations, the events will feature three keynote speakers and a trip to the theatre, courtesy of the Exeter Little Theatre Company.

Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers. Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to:

• Teaching popular fiction
• New or alternative readings
• Creative interpretations
• Agatha Christie and archaeology
• Mary Westmacott
• Christie on Stage
• Genre and identity
• Gender and sexuality
• Film, television, or radio adaptations
• Pastiches, tributes, and continuation projects

Please email an abstract of 250 words with a short biographical note to the conference organisers, Jamie Bernthal and Mia Dormer, at, no later than Monday 15 December. Organisers welcome questions or queries sent to the same address.

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