The Sleuth and the Scholar

Using the familiar , comfortable setting of public libraries , mystery readers and scholars met to discuss mystery fiction ... The entire project was launched with a scholarly symposium , entitled " The Sleuth and the Scholar : Origins ...

The Sleuth and the Scholar

Is the detective novel popular fiction or serious literature? This collection of essays examines the historical, literary, and critical aspects of the genre. Three interrelated aspects of detective fiction are addressed: the mystery story as a vehicle for social criticism, women crime writers, and the American hard-boiled detective story--its origins in cowboy fiction, recent trends, and whether the mean streets still belong exclusively to men. Contributors span the ranks of well-known crime writers, popular critics of detective fiction, and academic scholars. This unusual volume aptly illustrates the nature and attractions of a style of fiction that was once dismissed as merely sensational and is now seen as mainstream.

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The Sleuth and the Scholar
Language: en
Pages: 138
Authors: Barbara A. Rader, Howard G. Zettler
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1988 - Publisher: Praeger

Is the detective novel popular fiction or serious literature? This collection of essays examines the historical, literary, and critical aspects of the genre. Three interrelated aspects of detective fiction are addressed: the mystery story as a vehicle for social criticism, women crime writers, and the American hard-boiled detective story--its origins
Changing Representations of Minorities, East and West
Language: en
Pages: 255
Authors: Larry E. Smith, John Rieder
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996-01-01 - Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

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Anatomy of Murder
Language: en
Pages: 210
Authors: Carl Darryl Malmgren
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: Popular Press

Mystery fiction takes place in a centered world, one whose most distinctive characteristic is motivation (of behavior and signs). Built on a faith in foundations, it insists upon the solidity of social life, the validity of social conventions, and the sanctity of signs. Mystery assures us that motives exist for
Murder by the Book?
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Sally Rowena Munt
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-09-02 - Publisher: Routledge

Murder by the Book? is a thorough - and thoroughly enjoyable - look at the blossoming genre of the feminist crime novel in Britain and the United States. Sally Munt asks why the form has proved so attractive as a vehicle for oppositional politics; whether the pleasures of detective fiction
American Mystery and Detective Novels
Language: en
Pages: 273
Authors: Larry Landrum, Romeo T. Toledo, Larry N. Landrum
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

A guide to research on American mystery and detective novels emphasizing the historical development of the genre and major critical approaches to the literature.