Fiction, Crime, and Empire: Clues to Modernity and Postmodernism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252062803
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Preliminary Mappings: Modernism and Genre Fiction 13
Pt. I The Emergence of the Modern Detective Hero
2 The Power of Knowledge: Poe's Detective Fiction and the Ideology of Rationalism 43
3 The Adventurous Detective: Conan Doyle and Imperialism 60
Pt. II Empire and Espionage: The "Great Game" Begins
4 The Heroic Spy Novel: Kim and the Rhetoric of the Great Game 83
5 The Ironic Spy Novel: Anarchy, Irony, and Empire in The Secret Agent 95
Pt. III Modernists and Detectives
6 Modernism and the "Search for a Remoter Something" 111
7 Popular Modernisms 122
Pt. IV Postmodern Crime Fiction
8 Agents and Human Agency in the Postmodern World 151
Conclusion: Postmodern Fictions of Crime 168
Works Cited 183
Index 193
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