The Doomed Detective: The Contribution of the Detective Novel to Postmodern American and Italian Fiction

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Southern Illinois University Press, 1984 - 183 Seiten
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?Tani's dissertation is the most stun­ningly original and intelligent I have encountered in 25 years of teaching,” wrote the late novelist John Gardner.

Tani's argument says that the ?mys­tery story as written by Hammett and others and touted by the French existen­tialists led to a new kind of novel and the old-style mystery, as written by, for ex­ample, Agatha Christie, seemed a liter­ary dead end?a conservative if not reac­tionary game. In recent years, Tani shows, the seeming dead end has led to the most important literary movement now visible: the ironic intellectual fic­tion of people ranging from Borges and Barth to Calvino, and he proves that the spearhead of this movement is Italian fiction as influenced by American mys­tery fiction. At first glance, the argu­ment seems outrageous. The brilliance of Tani's thesis?besides the original outrageous idea?is that he solidly and systematically makes his case.”

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Inhalt

The Development of the Detective Novel and
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Toward a Definition of the AntiDetective
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The Innovative AntiDetective Novel
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Über den Autor (1984)

Stefano Tani is on the comparative lit­erature faculty at Syracuse University, Syracuse in Italy Program.

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