Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Victorian Detective Fiction and the Nature of Evidence

The Scientific Investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle

Authors: Frank, L.

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Frank investigates an intertextual exchange between nineteenth-century historical disciplines (philology, cosmology, geology archaeology and evolutionary biology) and the detective fictions of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle. In responding to the writings of figures like Lyell, Darwin and E.B. Taylor, detective fiction initiated a transition from scriptural literalism and a prevailing Natural Theology to a naturalistic, secular worldview. In the process, detective fiction sceptically examined both the evidence such disciplines used and their narrative rendering of the world.

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LAWRENCE FRANK is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Oklahoma, USA. He is the author of Charles Dickens and the Romantic Self and of essays on nineteenth-century British and American literature and culture that have appeared in various collections and journals, including American Imago, the Dickens Studies Annual, Essays in Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Signs.

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'Frank's Victorian Detective Fiction will appeal to historians of science and literary scholars... His analysis is extremely skilful, well written and convincingly argued'

- Anne Schwan, Journal of Victorian Culture


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Contexts

    Pages 1-26

    Frank, Lawrence

  • “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”: Edgar Allan Poe’s Evolutionary Reverie

    Pages 29-43

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  • “The Gold-Bug,” Hieroglyphics, and the Historical Imagination

    Pages 44-67

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  • Bleak House, the Nebular Hypothesis, and a Crisis in Narrative

    Pages 71-98

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  • News from the Dead: Archaeology, Detection, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    Pages 99-130

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Victorian Detective Fiction and the Nature of Evidence
Book Subtitle
The Scientific Investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-1932-8
DOI
10.1057/9781403919328
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-1139-1
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-23030-9
Series ISSN
2634-6494
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 249
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