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Myth and Ritual in Women's Detective Fiction

Myth and Ritual in Women's Detective Fiction (Paperback)

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The relationship between traditional myths and fairytales and current fiction novels featuring women as crime-solvers is examined in this work. Using theories from Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung and others, the author asserts that plots and imagery in these novels conform to quest narratives outlined in classical myths and traditional fairytales. Narcissus, Medusa, Orpheus and Orestes are a few of the figures emerging in today's mystery fiction. Among the mystery authors discussed are Patricia Cornwell, Amanda Cross, Sue Grafton, P.D. James, Sara Paretsky and Julie Smith. After establishing the anatomy of a mystery, the work covers many myths, rituals and rites associated with mysteries, including myths of identity, and religion, and rites of initiation.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 04/03/2002 ISBN-13: 9780786413119  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Christine A. Jackson is an associate professor of liberal arts at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she teaches critical and creative writing and literature. She is also a member of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and sits on the planning committee for SleuthFest, a mystery writers' conference.

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