The Doomed Detective: The Contribution of the Detective Novel to Postmodern American & Italian Fiction by Stefano Tani
The Doomed Detective: The Contribution of the Detective Novel to Postmodern American & Italian Fiction
Author: Stefano Tani
Title: The Doomed Detective: The Contribution of the Detective Novel to Postmodern American & Italian Fiction
ISBN10: 0809311488
ISBN13: 978-0809311484
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1 Edition edition (May 1, 1984)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1368 kb
Size epub: 1371 kb
Rating: 3.6 ✪
Votes: 299
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism

“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.”