Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story from Poe to Postmodernism

Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story from Poe to Postmodernism

by Patricia Merivale
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0812216768

ISBN-13: 9780812216769

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Although readers of detective fiction ordinarily expect to learn the mystery's solution at the end, there is another kind of detective story—the history of which encompasses writers as diverse as Poe, Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Auster, and Stephen King—that ends with a question rather than an answer. The detective not only fails to solve the crime, but also

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Although readers of detective fiction ordinarily expect to learn the mystery's solution at the end, there is another kind of detective story—the history of which encompasses writers as diverse as Poe, Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Auster, and Stephen King—that ends with a question rather than an answer. The detective not only fails to solve the crime, but also confronts insoluble mysteries of interpretation and identity. As the contributors to Detecting Texts contend, such stories belong to a distinct genre, the "metaphysical detective story," in which the detective hero's inability to interpret the mystery inevitably casts doubt on the reader's similar attempt to make sense of the text and the world.

Detecting Texts includes an introduction by the editors that defines the metaphysical detective story and traces its history from Poe's classic tales to today's postmodernist experiments. In addition to the editors, contributors include Stephen Bernstein, Joel Black, John T. Irwin, Jeffrey T. Nealon, and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812216769
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
974,554
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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