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The Rise of the Detective in Early Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction

The Rise of the Detective in Early Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction by Heather Worthington
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Heather Worthington's book challenges the traditional account that finds detection before Poe's Dupin and Doyle's Holmes only in Gothic and Newgate novels and some police memoirs. In fact, the popular press, from broadsides to periodicals, is where both the fictional detective and the investigating case structure developed, in line with major changes in the real discipline of crime fighting. The well-known masters of early crime fiction, including Collins and Dickens, drew on and redefined the raw riches of the popular field, found in texts that have rarely been reprinted or even discussed, but which are analysed in depth in this book. The book benefits from extensive archival research and is theoretically informed by Foucault's account of disciplinary power. No study has examined this material in anything like the detail or with the explanatory approach offered here. With full references, comprehensive narrative description and written in an accessible and readable style, The Rise of the Detective is essential reading for those researching in, studying, or just fascinated by crime fiction.
Palgrave Macmillan; May 2005
214 pages; ISBN 9780230506282
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Title: The Rise of the Detective in Early Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction
Author: Heather Worthington
 
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