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Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction


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Preface Theoretical Approaches to the Genre Canonization, Modern Literature, and the Detective Story by John G. Cawelti Shamus-a-um: Having the Quality of a Classical Detective by Timothy W. Boyd and Carolyn Higbie An Ideal Helpmate: The Detective Character as (Fictional) Object and Ideal Imago by Timothy R. Prchal The Politics of Secrecy and Publicity: The Functions of Hidden Stories in Some Recent British Mystery Fiction by Peter Huhn Not so Much "Whodunnit" as "Whoizzit": Margaret Millar's Command of a Metonymic Sub-Genre by Ann Thompson and John O. Thompson Parody and Detective Fiction by Janice Mant "The Game's Afoot": Predecessors and Pursuits of a Postmodern Detective, by Kathleen Belin Owen Agatha Christie Novels and British Detective Fiction Christie's Narrative Games by Robert Merrill "It Was the Mark of Cain": Agatha Christie and the Murder of the Mystery by Robin Woods Impossible Murderers: Agatha Christie and the Community of Readers by Ina Rae Hark "The Daughters of His Manhood": Christie and the Golden Age of Detective Fiction by Mary Anne Ackershoek "I Am Duchess of Malfi Still": The Identity-Death Nexus in The Duchess of Malfi and The Skull Beneath the Skin by Carolyn F. Scott "An Unsuitable Job" for Anyone: The "Filthy Trade" in P. D. James by Marnie Jones and Barbara Barker Between Men: How Ruth Rendell Reads for Gender by Martha Stoddard Holmes Class, Gender, and the Possibilities of Detection in Anne Perry's Victorian Reconstructions by Iska S. Alter A Suitable Job for a Woman: Sexuality, Motherhood, and Professionalism in Gaudy Night by Jasmine Y. Hall The Bureaucrat as Reader: The Detective Novel in the Context of Middle-Class Culture by James E. Bartell Index

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Essays that explore major theoretical viewpoints of the detective fiction genre and then apply those theories to the novels of Agatha Christie and her heirs in the British ratiocinative tradition.

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JEROME H. DELAMATER is Professor of Communication at the School of Communication, Hofstra University.RUTH PRIGOZY is Professor of English at Hofstra University.


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