Murder from an academic angle : an introduction to the study of the detective narrative /
Heta Pyrhönen.
1st ed.
Columbia, SC, USA : Camden House, c1994.
134 p. ; 24 cm.
187975181X (alk. paper)
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Columbia, SC, USA : Camden House, c1994.
187975181X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [119]-129) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-01:
So many studies of detective fiction have appeared in the past quarter of a century that the publication of a survey of the criticism itself seems natural. In this selective examination, Pyrh"onen manages to discuss the narrative form, thematic readings, and cultural context of the genre in a short space. She has read widely, but, even though her focus is criticism in the academic community, it would have been instructive to learn her opinion of such informal criticism as Ellery Queen's In the Queen's Parlor (1957). Her suggestion that the arrival of structuralist criticism in the 1960s marked a new era in detective narrative studies is interesting, but ignores the more likely cause for the change. In 1967 The Armchair Detective began publication and provided the first regular forum for serious discussion of the genre. This work will have an audience primarily limited to academics, but it is unfortunate that the price for such a slender volume will limit it even further. Good selective bibliography arranged chronologically by date of publication. Recommended for the most comprehensive collections and for advanced readers. J. R. Cox; St. Olaf College
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Form of the Detective Narrativep. 12
The Art of Framing Lies: Early Criticismp. 15
Narrative Machines: Early Structuralist Accountsp. 23
The Self-Reflexivity of Detective Fictionp. 32
How to Read Detective Fictionp. 36
Mainstream and Metaphysical Detective Narrativesp. 41
Thematic Readings of the Detective Narrativep. 49
Moral Interpretationsp. 53
Epistemological Interpretationsp. 64
Psychological Interpretationsp. 72
Detective Fiction in the Cultural Contextp. 81
American Cultural Studies of the 1970sp. 85
The Underpinnings of Ideological Criticismp. 92
Genealogical Explanations of the Detective Narrativep. 94
"Deconstructing" Detective Fictionp. 98
Feminist Readings of Detective Fictionp. 108
Conclusionp. 115
Works Consultedp. 119
Indexp. 130
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