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Narratives of enclosure in detective fiction : the locked room mystery /
Michael Cook.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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xiv, 210 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230276652 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780230276659 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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0230276652 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780230276659 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Preface -- Edgar Allan Poe and the detective story narrative -- The locked compartment: Charles Dickens's 'The signalman' and enclosure in the railway mystery story -- The body in the library: reading the locked room in Anna Katherine Green's The filigree ball -- G. K. Chesterton's enclosure of orthodoxy in 'The wrong shape' -- The hollow text: illusion as theme in John Dickson Carr's The hollow man -- Jorge Luis Borges and the labyrinth of detection -- The question is the writer himself: Paul Auster's locked room in City of glass -- The narrative of enclosure.
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8241121
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-202) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-06-01:
Cook offers the first full-length study of the "locked room" mystery. His central thesis is that the architectural feature of an enclosed space--the locked room--becomes not only a metaphor for but a structural feature of the narrative dimensions of the detective story. He illustrates his argument by considering, in each of seven chapters, a signal text: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," Charles Dickens's "The Signalman," Anna Katherine Green's The Filigree Ball, G. K. Chesterton's "The Wrong Shape," John Dickson Carr's The Hollow Man, Jorge Luis Borges Labyrinths, and Paul Auster's City of Glass. Along the way he considers many other texts and writers, and in the preface provides an excellent, although abbreviated, survey of scholarship of locked-room mysteries and detective fiction in general. Cook writes with great enthusiasm for the genre and genuine scholarly acumen. An important contribution to the growing body of research on detective fiction. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. W. Madden California State University, Sacramento
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Narratives of Enclosure examines the contribution made by the locked room mystery to the detective fiction genre
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The locked room has long fascinated readers of detective fiction with its images of entrapment and entombment. Narratives of Enclosure is the first full length critical study of the Locked Room Mystery, tracing its origins in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', the first detective story, up to the modern era. Looking beyond the facade of the impossible crime to examine stories by Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, John Dickson Carr and Paul Auster, Michael Cook uses critical and thematic contexts to show how the idea of enclosure has informed detective fiction at every stage in its history. Whether in the narrative itself, as in John Dickson Carr's classic Golden Age novel The Hollow Man, or the psychological relationship with physical environments in Dickens's 'The Signalman', the metaphor of the locked room casts a long shadow on the wider genre.
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Since its invention in the nineteenth century, detective fiction has never been more popular, in novels, short stories, films, radio, television and now in computer games, private detectives and psychopaths, prim poisoners and overworked cops, tommy-gun gangsters and cocaine criminals are the very stuff of modern imagination, and their creators a mainstay of popular conciousness. Crime Files is a ground-breaking series offering scholars; students and discerning readers a comprehensive set of guides to the world of crime and detective fiction. Every aspect of crime writing, detective fiction, gangster movie, true-crime expose, police procedural and post-colonial investigation is explored through clear and informative texts offering comprehensive coverage and theoretical sophistication. Book jacket.
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The locked room mystery is one of the iconic creations of popular fiction. Michael Cook's critical study reveals how this archetypal form of the puzzle story has had a significant effect in shaping the immensely popular genre of detective fiction. The book includes analysis of texts from Poe to the present day.
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The locked room mystery is one of the iconic creations of popular fiction. Michael Cooks critical study reveals how this archetypal form of the puzzle story has had a significant effect in shaping the immensely popular genre of detective fiction.The booki
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The locked room mystery is one of the iconic creations of popular fiction. Michael Cook's critical study reveals how this archetypal form of the puzzle story has had a significant effect in shaping the immensely popular genre of detective fiction.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Edgar Allan Poe and the Detective Story Narrativep. 1
The Locked Compartment: Charles Dickens's 'The Signalman' and Enclosure in the Railway Mystery Storyp. 21
The Body in the Library: Reading the Locked Room in Anna Katherine Green's The Filigree Ballp. 43
G. K. Chesterton's Enclosure of Orthodoxy in 'The Wrong Shape'p. 62
The Hollow Text: Illusion as Theme in John Dickson Carr's The Hollow Manp. 85
Jorge Luis Borges and the Labyrinth of Detectionp. 112
The Question is the Writer Himself: Paul Auster's Locked Room in City of Glassp. 134
The Narrative of Enclosurep. 152
Notesp. 173
Select Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 203
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