Myth and Ritual in Women's Detective Fiction (Paperback)Christine A. Jackson (author)
Paperback 185 Pages / Published: 31/05/2002
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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.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 185
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 12 mm
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