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The Resource Detective fiction and the rise of forensic science, Ronald R. Thomas

Detective fiction and the rise of forensic science, Ronald R. Thomas

Label
Detective fiction and the rise of forensic science
Title
Detective fiction and the rise of forensic science
Statement of responsibility
Ronald R. Thomas
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This is the first book about the relationship between the development of forensic science in the nineteenth century and the invention of the new literary genre of detective fiction in Britain and America. Ronald R. Thomas examines the criminal body as a site of interpretation and enforcement in a wide range of fictional examples, from Poe, Dickens and Hawthorne through Twain and Conan Doyle to Hammett, Chandler and Christie. He is especially concerned with the authority the literary detective manages to secure through the "devices"--Fingerprinting, photography, lie detectors - with which he discovers the truth and establishes his expertise, and the way in which those devices relate to broader questions of cultural authority at decisive moments in the history of the genre. This is an interdisciplinary project, framing readings of literary texts with an analysis of contemporaneous developments in criminology, the rules of evidence, and modern scientific accounts of identity."--Jacket
  • "This is the first book about the relationship between the development of forensic science in the nineteenth century and the invention of the new literary genre of detective fiction in Britain and America. Ronald R. Thomas examines the criminal body as a site of interpretation and enforcement in a wide range of fictional examples, from Poe, Dickens and Hawthorne through Twain and Conan Doyle to Hammett, Chandler and Christie. He is especially concerned with the authority the literary detective manages to secure through the "devices" - fingerprinting, photography, lie detectors - with which he discovers the truth and establishes his expertise, and the way in which those devices relate to broader questions of cultural authority at decisive moments in the history of the genre. This is an interdisciplinary project, framing readings of literary texts with an analysis of contemporaneous developments in criminology, the rules of evidence, and modern scientific accounts of identity."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thomas, Ronald R.
Dewey number
823/.087209
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR830.D4
LC item number
T53 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture
Series volume
26
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Detective and mystery stories, English
  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Popular literature
  • Literature and science
  • Forensic sciences
  • Literature and science
  • Literature and science
Label
Detective fiction and the rise of forensic science, Ronald R. Thomas
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-334) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The devices of truth -- The lie detector and the thinking machine -- The unequal voice in "The murders in the rue morgue" -- The letter of the law in The woman in white -- The criminal type in "A case of identity" -- The voice of America in Red harvest -- The mug shot and the magnifying glass -- Photographic memories in Bleak House -- Double exposures in The house of the seven gables -- Negative images in "A scandal in Bohemia" -- Empty cameras in The big sleep and Farewell, my lovely
  • The fingerprint and the map of crime -- Foreign bodies in A study in scarlet and The sign of four -- Accusing hands in Pudd'nhead Wilson -- International plots in The Maltese falcon and Murder on the Orient Express -- Missing persons and secret agents
Control code
40631842
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 341 pages
Isbn
9780521653039
Lccn
99011713
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Detective fiction and the rise of forensic science, Ronald R. Thomas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-334) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The devices of truth -- The lie detector and the thinking machine -- The unequal voice in "The murders in the rue morgue" -- The letter of the law in The woman in white -- The criminal type in "A case of identity" -- The voice of America in Red harvest -- The mug shot and the magnifying glass -- Photographic memories in Bleak House -- Double exposures in The house of the seven gables -- Negative images in "A scandal in Bohemia" -- Empty cameras in The big sleep and Farewell, my lovely
  • The fingerprint and the map of crime -- Foreign bodies in A study in scarlet and The sign of four -- Accusing hands in Pudd'nhead Wilson -- International plots in The Maltese falcon and Murder on the Orient Express -- Missing persons and secret agents
Control code
40631842
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 341 pages
Isbn
9780521653039
Lccn
99011713
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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