Detective Fiction and Anti-Detective Fiction. Edgar Allen Poe and Paul Auster in Comparison


Term Paper (Advanced seminar), 2020

21 Pages, Grade: 1,3


Abstract or Introduction

In a preface to his books on crime fiction Stephen Knight says, “No detective is needed to identify the vigorous life and remarkable diversity of crime fiction”. This statement is certainly true. The pool of crime fiction literature, readers of the twenty-first century can choose from, is huge. Statistics show that, “In 2017, crime became the UK’s most popular adult fiction genre, outselling general and literary fiction for the first time”. To narrow this abundance of information down by a good chunk this paper only focuses of detective fiction, a sub-genre of crime fiction. More specifically, it takes a look at the works of two authors. One of these authors is Edgar Allan Poe who is often deemed the father of the detective genre, a claim that will be investigated later on in this paper. His influence on detective fiction can be traced throughout the centuries but is particularly strong in Paul Auster. Auster in turn epitomizes postmodern detective fiction, also called anti-detective fiction, which is a sub-genre of traditional detective fiction. He is the second author chosen here. The goal of this paper is to determine why postmodern detective fiction is considered a sub-genre of traditional detective fiction, shining light on what sets it apart from the traditional detective fiction.

Details

Title
Detective Fiction and Anti-Detective Fiction. Edgar Allen Poe and Paul Auster in Comparison
College
University of Stuttgart
Grade
1,3
Author
Year
2020
Pages
21
Catalog Number
V979658
ISBN (eBook)
9783346336170
ISBN (Book)
9783346336187
Language
English
Tags
Crime, detective, antidetektive, fiction, poe, auster, city of glass, the purloined letter, sherlock holmes, voltaire, zadig, dupin, doyle, arthur conan doyle, detective fiction, crime novels, edgar allan poe, postmodernism, postmodern fiction, postmodern characters, ratiocination, deduction, trans-contextualization
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Annika Zöpf (Author), 2020, Detective Fiction and Anti-Detective Fiction. Edgar Allen Poe and Paul Auster in Comparison, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/979658

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