Narratives of Enclosure in Detective Fiction: The Locked Room Mystery

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The locked room mystery is one of the iconic creations of popular fiction. Michael Cook's critical study reveals how this archetypal form of the puzzle story has had a significant effect in shaping the immensely popular genre of detective fiction.The bookincludes analysis of texts from Poe to the present day.

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Overview

The locked room mystery is one of the iconic creations of popular fiction. Michael Cook's critical study reveals how this archetypal form of the puzzle story has had a significant effect in shaping the immensely popular genre of detective fiction.The bookincludes analysis of texts from Poe to the present day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230276659
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Series: Crime Files Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL COOKworked as Regional Director for the National Trust in South-West Englanduntil his retirement in 2002. He then completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Bristol, UK,which was awarded in 2008.He has lectured on diverse subjects including film and conservation, and is currently researching the Ghost Story and the poetry of John Clare and Wilfred Owen.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Edgar Allen Poe and the Detective Story Narrative
The Locked Compartment: Charles Dickens's The Signalman and Enclosure in the Railway Mystery Story
The Body in the Library: Reading the Locked Room in Anna Katherine Green's The Filigree Ball
G.K. Chesterton's Enclosure of Orthodoxy in The Wrong Shape
The Hollow Text: Illusion as Theme in John Dickson Carr's The Hollow Man
Jorge Luis Borges and the Labyrinth of Detection
The Story is the Writer Himself: Paul Auster's Locked Room in the City of Glass
The Narrative of Enclosure
Index

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