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The Resource Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction, Pamela Bedore, Department of English, University of Connecticut, USA

Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction, Pamela Bedore, Department of English, University of Connecticut, USA

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Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction
Title
Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction
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Pamela Bedore, Department of English, University of Connecticut, USA
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Language
eng
Summary
"Why is detective fiction so popular? What connects such diverse characters as the armchair sleuth, the hardboiled dick, and the police detective? Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction uncovers the significance of often-neglected dime novels in revealing early examples of the subgenres of detective fiction--drawing-room mysteries, hardboiled 'tough guy' fiction, police procedurals, and postmodern detective fiction--in the genre's first mass instantiation in the dime novels (1860-1915). A study of over 100 dime novel endings shows the prevalence of subversive representations of gender, race and class, while new readings of iconic detectives like Nick Carter and Allan Pinkerton reveal the enormous influence of these figures on future developments in the detective genre. The book argues that inherent tensions between subversive and conservative impulses--theorized as contamination and containment--explain detective fiction's ongoing popular appeal to readers and to writers such as Twain and Faulkner, whose detective writings are clearly informed by dime novels. "--
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1972-
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Bedore, Pamela
Dewey number
813/.087209
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.D4
LC item number
B466 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Crime Files
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  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Pulp literature, American
  • HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Mystery & Detective
  • Romanheft
  • Kriminalroman
  • USA
Label
Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction, Pamela Bedore, Department of English, University of Connecticut, USA
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The Case of the Missing Detectives; or, Reassessing the American Contribution to Detective Fiction -- 2. The Happy-Ending Deception; or, Uncovering the Subversive Potential of Detective Dime Novels -- 3. The Case of the Contaminated Icon; or, Allan Pinkerton's Dangerous Detective Doubles -- 4. Playing with the Ace of Hearts; or, Mentorship, Sportsmanship, and Nick Carter's Epistemological Dilemmas -- 5. Faulkner, Twain and the Legacy of Dime Novel Detectives -- 6. Conclusions and Directions for Future Research
Control code
856053407
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 204 pages
Isbn
9781137288646
Lccn
2013035861
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)856053407
Label
Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction, Pamela Bedore, Department of English, University of Connecticut, USA
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. The Case of the Missing Detectives; or, Reassessing the American Contribution to Detective Fiction -- 2. The Happy-Ending Deception; or, Uncovering the Subversive Potential of Detective Dime Novels -- 3. The Case of the Contaminated Icon; or, Allan Pinkerton's Dangerous Detective Doubles -- 4. Playing with the Ace of Hearts; or, Mentorship, Sportsmanship, and Nick Carter's Epistemological Dilemmas -- 5. Faulkner, Twain and the Legacy of Dime Novel Detectives -- 6. Conclusions and Directions for Future Research
Control code
856053407
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 204 pages
Isbn
9781137288646
Lccn
2013035861
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)856053407

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