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|Title: ||The anatomy of the detective novel|
|Authors: ||Larkins, Pauline E.M.|
|Issue Date: ||1976|
|Publisher: ||© Pauline Elisabeth Marian Larkins|
|Abstract: ||There are several types of crime fiction. This thesis is concerned
with one type only, the detective story. As this term has been used
rather loosely by publishers, reviewers, critics and librarians, the
first part of this chapter has been devoted to a discussion of its
meaning and its relationship with the novel. This is followed by a brief
history of the genre, within the limits defined. Librarians have made several efforts to devise a
classification scheme for fiction. Even the most general scheme will
break down in practice, because a novel may have more than one facet.
An historical romance may include a mystery: ‘The talisman ring’ by Georgette
Heyer; an adventure story may have an element of detection: ‘The day
of the jackal’ by Frederick Forsyth; a detective story may also belong
to science fiction: ‘The naked sun’ by I. Asimov; and a crime novel may
have a strong love interest: ‘Gaudy night’ by Dorothy L. Sayers.
In the realm of crime fiction there are similar problems. For
example, ‘The moonstone’, ‘Gaudy night’ and the historical stories of John
Dickson Carr have all been called detective stories, but they could
equally well be considered as romances.
For the purpose of this thesis, therefore, it is necessary to provide
a working definition of "detective story" and, as far as possible, to
disentangle it from the other forms of fiction with which it is often
confused, and with which it sometimes blends; these include the mystery
story, the thriller and the crime novel.|
|Description: ||A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of M.A. of the Loughborough University of Technology.|
|Appears in Collections:||MSc and MA Dissertations (Information Science)|
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