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Evie Jeffrey

Evie Jeffrey

Doctoral Student in Literature.

Email: e.jeffrey2@newcastle.ac.uk

Supervisors

Dr Stacy Gillis and Dr Kirsten MacLeod

Research project

Accessories to Murder: Objects and Things in the Novels of Agatha Christie

This project examines objects and things in the detective fiction of Agatha Christie to consider how these items are represented in Christie’s works and how they are rendered significant. Christie is widely acknowledged as part of the ‘Golden Age’ of British detective fiction in the interwar period; I consider Christie’s works as part of middlebrow literature more broadly and consider them beyond the chronological confines of 1919-1939 to incorporate works from the 1950s and early 1960s. The phenomenal success of Christie’s career across these decades coincides with a period of significant change in relation to thinking about subject-object relations. Using thing theory, particularly following the work of Bill Brown and of Elaine Freedgood, this project examines the socio-historical contexts of specific items that feature in Christie’s texts to establish a fuller understanding of the cultural significance of these items and the meanings that this conveys within the texts. From these meanings, this research examines the subject-object relations within the narratives from a thing theory perspective, indicating how these items and their significance impact on the detective fiction narratives in Christie’s works. 

Research interests

  • Detective Fiction
  • Thing Theory
  • Middlebrow Literature
  • Dress History
  • Twentieth-Century Cultural and Social History

Publications

E. Jeffrey, ‘Capital Punishment and Women in the British Police Procedural: Josephine Tey’s A Shilling for Candles and To Love and Be Wise’, Clues, 37.2 (2019), 40–50.

Placements and Funding

  • Robinson Bequest Bursary, Newcastle University - 2017-2020
  • Faculty Research Group Funding: Conference Support - 2017

Conferences

  • March 2021, ‘’Definitely Not Natural’: Hair Dye in Agatha Christie’s A Caribbean Mystery’, Crime Studies Network Vodcast Series.
  • June 2018, Symposium Co-Organiser, Sex, Death, Disease & Conflict: The State and Morality, 1864-1964, Newcastle University.

Memberships

  • Crime Studies Network
  • Association of Dress Historians

Academic Background:

  • MA English Literature (Victorian Pathway), University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons) Open Degree, Open University