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Detective Fiction and the Problem of Knowledge

Perspectives on the Metacognitive Mystery Tale

Authors: Dechêne, Antoine

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  • Takes a new and innovative approach to address aspects of the mystery tale that have not been discussed previously
  • Ranges across the work of a wide variety of both canonical and lesser-known authors
  • Contributes to the burgeoning field of literary urban studies
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About this book

This book establishes the genealogy of a subgenre of crime fiction that Antoine Dechêne calls the metacognitive mystery tale. It delineates a corpus of texts presenting 'unreadable' mysteries which, under the deceptively monolithic appearance of subverting traditional detective story conventions, offer a multiplicity of motifs – the overwhelming presence of chance, the unfulfilled quest for knowledge, the urban stroller lost in a labyrinthine text – that generate a vast array of epistemological and ontological uncertainties. Analysing the works of a wide variety of authors, including Edgar Allan Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, and Henry James, this book is vital reading for scholars of detective fiction.

About the authors

Antoine Dechêne holds a PhD from the Université de Liège, Belgium. His research deals with all aspects of the metaphysical detective story in the USA and in France. He is co-editor with Michel Delville of the first volume dedicated to the genre in French: Le Thriller métaphysique d'Edgar Allan Poe à nos jours (2016).

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“Using examples from the works of writers and artists as diverse as Poe, Melville, Beckett, Borges, Bolaño, and Auster and confronting them with old and recent theories about the goals and methods of governing "mainstream" detective fiction, Antoine Dechêne's impressive volume takes us beyond a consideration of the detective genre per se into a reconsideration of neglected domains of thinking which only a full confrontation with the genre’s diversity and plasticity can reveal.” (Michel Delville, Université de Liège, Belgium)

“Daring and ambitious in its approach, up to date and cutting edge in its scholarship, and always solid and frequently brilliant in its analysis, Detective Fiction and the Problem of Knowledge will make a significant contribution to popular culture studies generally and crime fiction studies in particular, as it convincingly argues for the superiority of the term metacognitive mystery tale over metaphysical detective story.” (John Gruesser, Sam Houston State University, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Detective Fiction and the Problem of Knowledge
Book Subtitle
Perspectives on the Metacognitive Mystery Tale
Authors
Series Title
Crime Files
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94469-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94469-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94468-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06858-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 347
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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