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The Reader and the Detective Story is unique it treats the detective story as a special case of reading, governed by special rules and shaped by a highly specialized formula. The method of interpretation is the application of the principles of response theory (especially those developed by Hans-Georg Gadamer, Wolfgang Iser, and Hans Robert Jauss) to the reading of a tale of detection. George Dove demonstrates how the English soft-boiled mystery and the American private-eye story, although they have different settings and develop different plots, belong in the same subgenre and follow the same formula, inherited directly from Poe s The Murders in the Rue Morgue. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780879727321
ISBN-10: 0879727322
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 154mm x 15mm)
Pages: 210
Imprint: Bowling Green University Popular Press,US
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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