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The Doomed Detective: The Contribution of the Detective Novel to Postmodern American & Italian Fiction, Tani Stefano Stefano Tani

The Doomed Detective: The Contribution of the Detective Novel to Postmodern American & Italian Fiction, Tani Stefano

Stefano Tani

Published
ISBN : 9780809311484
Hardcover
200 pages
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“Tani’s dissertation is the most stunningly original and intelligent I have encountered in 25 years of teaching,” wrote the late novelist John Gardner.Tani’s argument says that the “mystery story as written by Hammett and others and touted by theMore“Tani’s dissertation is the most stun­ningly original and intelligent I have encountered in 25 years of teaching,” wrote the late novelist John Gardner.Tani’s argument says that the “mys­tery story as written by Hammett and others and touted by the French existen­tialists led to a new kind of novel and the old-style mystery, as written by, for ex­ample, Agatha Christie, seemed a liter­ary dead end—a conservative if not reac­tionary game. In recent years, Tani shows, the seeming dead end has led to the most important literary movement now visible: the ironic intellectual fic­tion of people ranging from Borges and Barth to Calvino, and he proves that the spearhead of this movement is Italian fiction as influenced by American mys­tery fiction. At first glance, the argu­ment seems outrageous. The brilliance of Tani’s thesis—besides the original outrageous idea—is that he solidly and systematically makes his case.”