Coverart for item
The Resource Victorian detective fiction and the nature of evidence : the scientific investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle, Lawrence Frank

Victorian detective fiction and the nature of evidence : the scientific investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle, Lawrence Frank

Label
Victorian detective fiction and the nature of evidence : the scientific investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle
Title
Victorian detective fiction and the nature of evidence
Title remainder
the scientific investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Frank
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This study is an original contribution to nineteenth-century literary and cultural studies in its methodology, its subject matter, and its vision of detective fiction. It engages in a form of intellectual paleontology, tracing the genealogy of a genre through a model based on the Origin of Species read as a form of postmodern historiography. It places detective fiction within the context of popular scientific texts by John Pringle Nichol, Robert Chambers, Winwood Reade, and John Tyndall, as well as the writings of Charles Lyell, Charles Darwin, and Thomas Huxley. Frank does not treat detective fiction only as the symptom of a prevailing ideology, but investigates it as a genre promoting a secular worldview in a time of competing visions of the universe and the human situation. Such an approach necessitates close readings of scientific and literary texts that, through explicit and implicit allusions to cosmology, philology, geology, paleontology, archaeology, and evolutionary biology, reveal their ultimate seriousness and heterodoxy."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1933-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Frank, Lawrence
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Detective and mystery stories, English
  • Literature and science
  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Popular literature
  • Forensic sciences
  • English fiction
  • Holmes, Sherlock (Fictitious character)
  • Private investigators in literature
  • Evidence, Criminal, in literature
  • Science in literature
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Holmes, Sherlock
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Dickens, Charles
Label
Victorian detective fiction and the nature of evidence : the scientific investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle, Lawrence Frank
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-240) and index
Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Contexts.
  • p. 1
  • Pt. 1.
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • 1.
  • "The Murders in the Rue Morgue": Edgar Allan Poe's Evolutionary Reverie.
  • p. 29
  • 2.
  • "The Gold-Bug," Hieroglyphics, and the Historical Imagination.
  • p. 44
  • Pt. 2.
  • Charles Dickens
  • 3.
  • Bleak House, the Nebular Hypothesis and a Crisis in Narrative.
  • p. 71
  • 4.
  • News from the Dead: Archaeology, Detection, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
  • p. 99
  • Pt. 3.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 5.
  • Sherlock Holmes and "The Book of Life".
  • p. 133
  • 6.
  • Reading the Gravel Page: Lyell, Darwin, and Doyle.
  • p. 154
  • 7.
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, the Man on the Tor, and a Metaphor for the Mind.
  • p. 176
  • Epilogue: A Retrospection.
  • p. 202
  • Notes.
  • p. 208
  • Index.
  • p. 241
Control code
l82002044800
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 249 p.
Isbn
9781403911391
Lccn
2002044800
Other physical details
ill
Label
Victorian detective fiction and the nature of evidence : the scientific investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle, Lawrence Frank
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-240) and index
Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Contexts.
  • p. 1
  • Pt. 1.
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • 1.
  • "The Murders in the Rue Morgue": Edgar Allan Poe's Evolutionary Reverie.
  • p. 29
  • 2.
  • "The Gold-Bug," Hieroglyphics, and the Historical Imagination.
  • p. 44
  • Pt. 2.
  • Charles Dickens
  • 3.
  • Bleak House, the Nebular Hypothesis and a Crisis in Narrative.
  • p. 71
  • 4.
  • News from the Dead: Archaeology, Detection, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
  • p. 99
  • Pt. 3.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 5.
  • Sherlock Holmes and "The Book of Life".
  • p. 133
  • 6.
  • Reading the Gravel Page: Lyell, Darwin, and Doyle.
  • p. 154
  • 7.
  • Hound of the Baskervilles, the Man on the Tor, and a Metaphor for the Mind.
  • p. 176
  • Epilogue: A Retrospection.
  • p. 202
  • Notes.
  • p. 208
  • Index.
  • p. 241
Control code
l82002044800
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 249 p.
Isbn
9781403911391
Lccn
2002044800
Other physical details
ill

Library Locations

    • Sydney Jones LibraryBorrow it
      Chatham Street, Liverpool, L7 7BD, GB
      53.403069 -2.963723
Processing Feedback ...