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Detective Fiction and the Problem of Knowledge

Perspectives on the Metacognitive Mystery Tale

  • Antoine Dechêne

Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Problem of Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 3-11
    3. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 45-86
  3. From the flâneur to the Stalker

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 89-106
    3. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 107-147
    4. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 149-190
  4. The Grotesque

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 219-245
    3. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 247-272
  5. The Sublime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 275-302
    3. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 303-323
  6. In Lieu of a Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Antoine Dechêne
      Pages 327-337
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 339-347

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Detective Flaneur Edgar Allan Poe Nathaniel Hawthorne Herman Melville Henry James Mystery tale City Urban Iain Sinclair Paul Auster Roberto Bolaño Franz Kafka Samuel Beckett Jorge Luis Borges

Authors and affiliations

  • Antoine Dechêne
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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