"Detective Fiction" Essays and Research Papers

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Detective Fiction

Why Ask Why? The most important part of any type of book or story is that it be interesting. This proves to be particularly important in detective fiction as well. What could be more interesting than having a crime committed in front of you, given all (or most) of the details and still not be able to figure it out? This is exactly how detective fiction authors draw people into these stories and books. By weaving an intricate and interesting plot full of fascinating characters, and all types...

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Classical Detective Story A Subversive genre of the Victorian America

Dr. Ki Magdalen ENGL 3056 24 November 2014 Classical Detective Story─ A subversive genre of the Victorian America Detective novel has been under the limelight since eighteenth century when the genre of classical detective fiction was born, then the development of detective story has undergone the school of Golden Age and hard-boiled until now. With its prevalence among the society, critics have been drawn toward whether the genre of detective story could help sustain or subvert the existing value...

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Evolution of Detective Fiction

Twenty-first century detective stories are blooming with action, conflict, mystery and so on. But this is only recent development. There is a lot more to it than most people think. From a French man named Vidocq to the creation of modern detective fiction by Edgar Allan Poe, until today’s development of detective stories and its characters. So what made Poe such an important figure in detective fiction history, and in what way did his creation develop after his death? In my study I will try to answer...

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Anime: Watch and Detective Conan

everyone of them. For example, detective conan. I have watched many animes in my life time. And I have loved everyone of them. For example, detective conan. I have watched many animes in my life time. And I have loved detective conan. I have watched many animes in my life time. And I have loved everyone of them. For example, detective conan. I have watched many animes...

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Sherlock Holmes

fictional character Sherlock Holmes is known around the world. The beloved British detective, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is to many the true essence of classical detective fiction. However, the origin and source of classical detective fiction is located further back, earlier than the 1930’s of Sherlock Holmes, in a previous century. For all the truly educated literary readers of the world, classical detective fiction originated with the character Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, introduced in the short...

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Purloined Letter

Of all of Poe's stories of ratiocination (or detective stories), "The Purloined Letter" is considered his finest. This is partially due to the fact that there are no gothic elements, such as the gruesome descriptions of dead bodies, as there was in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." But more important, this is the story that employs most effectively the principle of ratiocination; this story brilliantly illustrates the concept of the intuitive intellect at work as it solves a problem logically. Finally...

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The Characteristics of an Amateur Dectective

Characteristics of a Armature Detective Why are we so fascinated with detective fiction? Is it because we are simply interested in the crimes themselves? Or is it because we are drawn to the characters within the stories that have characteristics that we desperately wish we could portray ourselves. The armature detective is one that we follow more often and have characteristics that pull us in more. As said in The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction “they may be armatures, but they...

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Rear Window Sample

out ‘who dunnit', often feeling as though they are working side by side with the detective to solve the crime and find the murderer. As well as effective characterisation, character motivation, and settings, crime writers must know the conventions of their chosen sub genre and more importantly how to use and subvert these conventions to achieve their intended purpose. To emphasis the timeless nature of crime fiction we can take a look at two film texts that exemplify how older texts can still entertain...

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The Fiftieth Gate

Raphael Baker, 1997 Ostensibly the story of a son’s attempt to access and narrate his parents’ fragmented Holocaust biographies, Mark Raphael Baker’s The Fiftieth Gate also subverts the convention of second-generation memoir writing. A composite of detective story, love story, tales of hiding, and vignettes of discovery, The Fiftieth Gate has themes that are synonymous with the difficulties of the narrative construction of the Holocaust as an event “at the limits”: the search for appropriate interpretive...

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Edgar Allen Poe

with, Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic considered a part of the American Romantic Movement. In addition, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. Lastly, he was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. However Poe’s life in Richmond, Virginia had a profound pull on him. Edgar Allan...

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