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The figure of the detective : a literary history and analysis /
Charles Brownson.
imprint
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2014.
description
v, 210 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0786477695 (softcover : alk. paper), 9780786477692 (softcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2014.
isbn
0786477695 (softcover : alk. paper)
9780786477692 (softcover : alk. paper)
contents note
The pre-classical detective -- Sherlock Holmes-rationality and the detective artist -- The English classic -- Psycho-ntuitive and noir -- Hard-boiled, spies and thrillers -- The neoclassic revival -- Metaphysical modern -- Appendix: Chronological list of films mentioned in the text.
local note
Victoria University Library copy In memory of Lin Taylor.
abstract
"This book begins with a history of the detective genre. The theory of the genre is laid out along with its central theme of the getting and deployment of knowledge. These changes explain the decay of the English Classic and its replacement by noir"--
catalogue key
9258102
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-206) and index.
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This book begins with a history of the detective genre, coextensive with the novel itself, identifying the attitudes and institutions needed for the genre to emerge in its mature form around 1880. The theory of the genre is laid out along with its central theme of the getting and deployment of knowledge. Sherlock Holmes, the English Classic stories and their inheritors are examined in light of this theme and the balance of two forms of knowledge used in fictional detection--cool or rational, and warm or emotional. The evolution of the genre formula is driven by changes in the social climate in which it is embedded. These changes explain the decay of the English Classic and its replacement by noir, hardboiled and spy stories, to end in the cul-de-sac of the thriller and the nostalgic Neo-Classic. Possible new forms of the detective story are suggested.
Main Description
This book begins with a history of the detective genre, coextensive with the novel itself, identifying the attitudes and institutions needed for the genre to emerge in its mature form around 1880. The theory of the genre is laid out along with its central theme of the getting and deployment of knowledge. Sherlock Holmes, the English Classic stories and their inheritors are examined in light of this theme and the balance of two forms of knowledge used in fictional detection - cool or rational, and warm of emotional. The evolution of the genre formula is driven by changes in the social climate in which it is embedded. These changes explain the decay of the English Classic and its replacement by noir, hardboiled and spy stories, to end in the cul-de-sac of the thriller and the nostalgic Neo-Classic. Possible new forms of the detective story are suggested.
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'The Figure of the Detective' begins with a history of the detective genre, coextensive with the novel itself, identifying the attitudes and institutions needed for the genre to emerge in its mature form around 1880. The theory of the genre is laid out along with its central theme of the getting and deployment of knowledge.

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