English 217 Midterm 1 studyguide - American Detective Fiction Midterm 1 General Detective Fiction The Golden Age of Mystery(WWI-WWII 1920s o Gentile

English 217 Midterm 1 studyguide - American Detective...

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American Detective Fiction: Midterm 1 General Detective Fiction: - The Golden Age of Mystery (WWI-WWII, 1920s) o Gentile detectives who solve crime for fun - Ronald Nox: The Decalog o 10 Rules for a good detective novel (1929) o Fairness for the reader - Film Noir o 40s-60s o German Expressionism Sense of fadedness, smoke o Sense of fate o Voice over o Fascination with past o Cinematography: Shadows vs. Light, angles o City-scape o The one who walks into the office is usually the one who did it o Moral atmosphere o Obsessions, anxiety o Language - Hayes Code (38-68) - Crime Noir (30s-50s): o Product of Great Depression - Escapism Edgar Allan Poe: - Background: o Drinker o Moved around a lot o UVA graduate o “Tales of Urban Shock, Ratiocination” Reasoning, not romance o “Locked room” mystery story : tales popular in the 20s in which you hear that a body is found and there’s no way the person who committed the crime could have gotten in or out o The “arm chair” detective … “sedentary sleuth” - The Murders in the Rue Morgue o Detective: Dupin Doesn’t get emotionally attached to his cases o Background: Promise of the formula Paranoid readers Joke: the orangutan committed the crime
Police v Detective o Plot Summary Dupin figures out that the orangutan killed the two women when his owner, a sailor, accidentally let his pet escape with a razor in his hand - The Purloined Letter o Detective: Dupin Doesn’t care about political standings Revenge-seeker o Background: What’s right in front of you is sometimes most difficult to find o Plot Summary A letter is stolen and the police go to Dupin seeking his help in this sequel. He turns them away and tells them to look again. When they come back empty-handed and looking for him to take over, he asks for a check ($$$) and hands over the letter, which he says he found right out in the open, slightly camouflaged. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: - Background: o Eyes as a symbol o Dramatic o Supernatural elements - The Hound of the Baskervilles o Detective: Sherlock Holmes Mentally goes to Devonshire o Background: Anything can happen in the city Gothic Doubles Format: letters Themes: Evolution gone awry The moor as a character (the villain) Reason v. Supernatural Problem of evil o Plot Summary: A large, mysterious, black hound haunts the Baskervilles and Holmes figures out the case when he hides on the moor and uses Sir Henry as a trick for Stapleton, who is the dog’s owner.

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