The English Crime Play in the Twentieth Century

  • Beatrix Hesse

Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. The Body in the Library and the Body on Stage

  3. A History of the Crime Play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Beatrix Hesse
      Pages 34-47
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      Pages 48-63
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      Pages 64-77
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  4. A Poetics of the Crime Play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Beatrix Hesse
      Pages 97-116
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      Pages 117-133
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      Pages 134-153
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  5. The Crime Play and Detective Fiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
  6. Coda: The Twentieth-Century English Crime Play — A View from 2015

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 242-290

About this book


This is the first comprehensive study of the English crime play, presenting a survey of 250 plays performed in the London West End between 1900 and 2000. The first part is historically orientated while the second one establishes a tentative poetics of the genre. The third part presents an analysis of some 20 plays adapted from detective fiction.


Agatha Christie Crime plays Twentieth-Century Drama 1900 20th century body corpus detective fiction drama genre play stage theatre Victorian era violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Beatrix Hesse
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität PassauGermany

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