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dc.contributor.advisorHopps, Gavin
dc.contributor.authorSharkey, Jo Ann
dc.coverage.spatialviii, 191en_US
dc.descriptionElectronic version excludes material for which permission has not been granted by the rights holderen_US
dc.description.abstractThe following dissertation argues that the detective fiction of P.D. James provokes her readers to think theologically. I present evidence from the body of James’s work, including her detective fiction that features the Detective Adam Dalgliesh, as well as her other novels, autobiography, and non-fiction work. I also present a brief history of detective fiction. This history provides the reader with a better understanding of how P.D James is influenced by the detective genre as well as how she stands apart from the genre’s traditions. This dissertation relies on an interview that I conducted with P.D. James in November, 2008. During the interview, I asked James how Christianity has influenced her detective fiction and her responses greatly contribute to this dissertation. However, James’s novels should be interpreted and explored in the manner that they are received by the reader. How the reader receives and responds to the novels, not only how James writes the novels, is what causes her stories to provoke theological thinking. By examining Christian symbolism that is present in setting, character, the Detective Adam Dalgliesh, and plot, this dissertation seeks to assert that James contributes to a theological conversation through her popular detective fiction.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
dc.subjectP.D. Jamesen_US
dc.subjectP.D. James and religionen_US
dc.subjectP.D. James and theologyen_US
dc.subjectP.D. James and Christianityen_US
dc.subjectDetective fiction and religionen_US
dc.subjectDetective fiction and Christianityen_US
dc.subjectMystery and religionen_US
dc.subjectMystery and Christianityen_US
dc.subject.lcshJames, P. D. (Phyllis Dorothy), 1920- --Criticism and interpretationen_US
dc.subject.lcshJames, P. D. (Phyllis Dorothy), 1920- --Religionen_US
dc.subject.lcshDetective and mystery stories--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshChristianity and literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshTheology in literatureen_US
dc.titleTheology in suspense : how the detective fiction of P.D. James provokes theological thoughten_US
dc.type.qualificationnameMPhil Master of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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