The Mysterious Mrs Christie:
Evidence, Elusion, Afterlives
A 1.5-day international conference at the University of Exeter and Exeter Library 12-13 September 2023
Keynote Speakers: Dr Mark Aldridge, Solent University and Prof. Michelle M. Kazmer, Florida State University
2023 marks fifty years since the last novel Agatha Christie wrote, Postern of Fate, was published. By 1973, Christie was already established as the world’s bestselling novelist, and her popularity has only risen in subsequent years. In addition, a flame of scholarly interest has ignited and grown. The quintessential mystery writer, creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, is now also a legitimate figure in academic research.
It is tempting to think that the there are no Agatha Christie mysteries left. Few writers have received such levels of popular scrutiny and her life and work have been approached from a range of angles. Millions of words have been written about this significant body of work. Recent or anticipated works such as Lucy Worsley’s Agatha Christie, Nina de Gramot’s The Christie Affair, and Mark Aldridge’s Agatha Christie’s Marple attest to the mainstream dissemination of detailed archival research and unconventional approaches. However, mysteries remain. As Worsley notes in her recent biography of Christie, she is ‘a very elusive woman’.
For the seventh international Agatha Christie conference, we are seeking research and/or creative papers that consider underexplored aspects of Christie’s work, life, and legacies. These could be neglected topics/areas or reflections on critical conversations which could use a new perspective.
Potential topics may include but are certainly not limited to:
Across and beyond genre
Afterlives and adaptations
Christie and creative writing
Christie in an international context
Colonialism and racism
Continuations and tributes
Ecology and the environment
Gender, sex, and sexuality
Gothic and the supernatural
Life writing and autobiography
New theoretical frameworks
Place, space, and time
Plays and dramatisations
Religion and theology
Radio and the BBC
Teaching and pedagogy
Please submit a short (up to 200 words) abstract for a 20-minute presentation and a brief biographical note to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 May 2023. You may direct queries to the same address.
Please note that speakers will be expected to register for the conference at the 1.5-day rate of £115.
Conference organisers: Dr Mia Dormer, Dr J.C. Bernthal, Sarah Martin, and Dr Stefano Serafini.