The Americanization of Britain Portrayed in Detective Stories of Agatha Christie and Francis Durbridge, 1944-1965


Korean Minjok Leadership Academy
MDH



Table of Contents


Introduction , June 18th 2011
Working Table of Contents (2), June 10th 2011
References , June 10th 2011
Working Table of Contents , May 20th 2011
References , May 20th 2011



Introduction . . Go to Teacher's Comment

The world has so drastically changed over last few decades; yet few are able to fully describe how it changed. We all know that many societies have changed, and precisely when the change began to accelerate; the turning point would be World War II. Many societies got influenced by the United States, mainly because the influx of U. S soldiers during the wartime and aids from U. S during and after the war, are sometimes regarded as ¡®Americanization¡¯ but at the same time others call it a progress. An attempt to describe the subtle process of how such changes proceeded would be an interesting one.
This paper would try to look into English society between the years 1944 and 1965, focusing on changes in cultural aspects. The primary sources being used are detective stories. Detective stories, even with some limitations, provide us a relatively good portrait of contemporary society; it is set on the contemporary era, targeted for mass readers of the time, and written in a short period. Although the story is not designed to be a historical narrative, it has certain values as historical source.
Using detective stories of Agatha Christie and Francis Durbridge as primary source, this paper will analyze the impact of Americanization on individual lifestyle, family life, society, economy, technology and language of England. Through observing the process of Americanization, this paper is willing to approach its fundamental topic; was the changes made in England ¡®Americanization¡¯ or a natural progress? How, and by what standard, can one tell apart ¡®Americanization¡¯ from social progress ?
In this paper, the following topics would be discussed;
. Validity of detective stories as historical sources
Americanization of England from 1944 to 1965 portrayed in detective stories of Agatha Christie and Francis Durbridge, focusing on cultural aspects Was the change ¡®Americanization¡¯ or ¡®progress¡¯; how can we tell if some phenomena are ¡®Americanization¡¯ and some are not ?



Working Table of Contents (2) . . Go to Teacher's Comment

I. Introduction
II. Definition
III. Analysis on Detective Stories
III. 1 Characteristics of Detective Stories
III. 1. 1 Contemporary Setting
III. 1. 2 Targeted for Mass Readers
III. 1. 3 Short Writing Period
III. 2 Advantages of Detective Stories as Historical Source
III. 3 Limitations of Detective Stories as Historical Source
IV. Americanization of British Society Portrayed in the Detective Stories
IV. 1 Individual Lifestyle
IV. 1. 1 Change in Spending Style
IV. 1. 2 Daily Meals
IV. 1. 3 Fashion
IV. 2 Family Life
IV. 3 Society
IV. 4 Business and Economy
IV. 5 Technology
IV. 6 Language
V. Americanization vs. Social Progress
VI. Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography

Topics that will be covered in the paper
1. Validity of detective stories as historical sources
2. Americanization of England 1944-1965, focusing on cultural aspects
3. Is it 'Americanization' or 'progress'; how can we tell if some phenomena are 'Americanization' and some are not?



References . . Go to Teacher's Comment

Movies

Love from a Stranger, 1937, Rowland V. Lee, based on Agatha Christie, Philomel Cottage, 1934
Love from a Stranger, 1947, Richard Whorf, based on Agatha Christie, Philomel Cottage, 1934
Murder Most Foul, 1964, George Pollock, based on Agatha Christie, Mrs. McGuinty¡¯s Dead, 1952
Murder at the Gallop, 1963, George Pollock, based on Agatha Christie, After the Funeral, 1953
Murder, She Said, 1961, George Pollock, based on Agatha Christie, 4:50 from Paddington, 1957
Ordeal by Innocence, 1985, Desmond Davis, based on Agatha Christie, Ordeal by Innocence, 1958
The Mirror Crack¡¯d, 1980, Guy Hamilton, based on Agatha Christie, Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, 1962

Books

The Listerdale Mystery, 1934 (*Does not fit into my time coverage, but as a source to see the differences in 1937 movie and 1947 movie)
Sparkling Cyanide, 1945
The Hollow, 1946
Taken at the Flood, 1948
Crooked House, 1949
A Murder is Announced, 1950
They Came to Baghdad, 1951
Mrs. McGuinty¡¯s Dead, 1952
They do it with Mirror, 1952
After the Funeral, 1953
A Pocket full of Rye, 1953
Destination Unknown, 1954
Hickory Dickory Dock, 1955
Dead man¡¯s Folly, 1956
4:50 from Paddington, 1957
Ordeal by Innocence, 1958
Cat among the Pigeons, 1959
Pale Horse, 1961
Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, 1962
The Clocks, 1963
A Caribbean Mystery, 1964
At Bertram¡¯s Hotel, 1965
Send for Paul Temple Again !, 1948
The Tyler Mystery, 1957
East of Algiers, 1959
The World of Tim Frazer, 1962
Tim Frazer Again, 1964



Working Table of Contents . . Go to Teacher's Comment

I. Introduction
II. Definition
III. Analysis on Detective Stories
III. 1 Characteristics of Detective Stories
III. 1. 1 Contemporary Setting
III. 1. 2 Targeted for Mass Readers
III. 1. 3 Short Writing Period
III. 2 Advantages of Detective Stories as Historical Source
III. 3 Limitations of Detective Stories as Historical Source
IV. Americanization of British Society Portrayed in the Detective Stories
IV. 1 Individual Lifestyle
IV. 1. 1 Change in Spending Style
IV. 1. 2 Daily Meals
IV. 1. 3 Fashion
IV. 2 Family Life
IV. 3 Society
IV. 4 Business and Economy
IV. 5 Technology
IV. 6 Language
V. Americanization vs. Social Progress
VI. Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography

Topics that will be covered in the paper
1. Validity of detective stories as historical sources
2. Americanization of Britain 1944-1965, focusing on cultural aspects
3. Is it 'Americanization' or 'progress'; how can we tell if some phenomena are 'Americanization' and some are not?



References . . Go to Teacher's Comment

Movies

Love from a Stranger, 1937
Love from a Stranger, 1947
Mrs. McGuinty¡¯s Dead, 1964
After the Funeral, 1963
4:50 from Paddington, 1961
Ordeal by Innocence, 1985
Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, 1980
Send for Paul Temple, 1946

Books

The Listerdale Mystery, 1934 (*Does not fit into my time coverage, but as a source to see the differences in 1937 movie and 1947 movie)
Sparkling Cyanide, 1945
The Hollow, 1946
Taken at the Flood, 1948
Crooked House, 1949
A Murder is Announced, 1950
They Came to Baghdad, 1951
Mrs. McGuinty¡¯s Dead, 1952
They do it with Mirror, 1952
After the Funeral, 1953
A Pocket full of Rye, 1953
Destination Unknown, 1954
Hickory Dickory Dock, 1955
Dead man¡¯s Folly, 1956
4:50 from Paddington, 1957
Ordeal by Innocence, 1958
Cat among the Pigeons, 1959
Pale Horse, 1961
Mirror Cracked from Side to Side, 1962
The Clocks, 1963
A Caribbean Mystery, 1964
At Bertram¡¯s Hotel, 1965
Send for Paul Temple Again !, 1948
The Tyler Mystery, 1957
East of Algiers, 1959
The World of Tim Frazer, 1962
Tim Frazer Again, 1964