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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 491–525.
Published: 01 December 2020
... intersect. A Study in Scarlet , the novella that introduced Sherlock Holmes, offers the first meditation on distant reading. A split double plot that anticipates generic fissures within crime fiction broadly conceived, A Study in Scarlet creates a data-centric detective intelligence in dialogue with late...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 345–367.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Hoyt Long; Richard Jean So Abstract This article uses computational modeling and large-scale pattern detection to develop a theory of global textual transmission as a process of turbulent flow. Specifically, it models stream-of-consciousness narration as a discrete set of linguistic features...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1970) 31 (3): 388–391.
Published: 01 September 1970
.... 223 pp. DM 28. This is not a study, fortunately, of everything that could be loosely called a “detective story,” but an analysis of a particular subject, well defined in scope and strictly focused in time. That subject is a fundamental pattern of narration which is shown to culminate...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (1): 207–228.
Published: 01 March 2000
... are likely to select Conan Doyle again in the future, until he ends up occupying 80, 90, 99.9 percent of the market for nineteenth-century detective fiction. But why is Conan Doyle selected in the first place? Why him, and not others? Here the eco- nomic model has...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 351–372.
Published: 01 September 2012
... pretensions in Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives, about a gang of “visceral realist” poets. In a brilliant review Edmond Caldwell argues that this novel works out a historical- cultural dialectic that replaces the restoration- ist...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (1): 87–110.
Published: 01 March 2007
... French Fiction (2006) and coeditor of a special issue of Yale French Studies , “Crime Fictions” (2005). Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Street Names and Private-Public Violence in Modern French Crime Fiction Andrea Goulet dgar Allan Poe’s inaugural detective story “The Murders...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (3): 387–390.
Published: 01 September 2020
... for rethinking the disputatious conjunction of modernism and genre. Levay’s subject is crime and detective fiction, which he sees as feeding into (and fed by) the modernist fascination with ungovernable or outlaw behavior. Earlier work in this area, initially dubbed “pulp modernism” (noir’s focus on the detritus...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1995) 56 (3): 388–390.
Published: 01 September 1995
... a book that traces some of the narrative constants of nine- teenth-century Westerns and shows their continuous relationship with earlier rags-to-riches myths and later detective stories. Klein’s subtitle- 1870-1900-is somewhat misleading, since his discussions range broadly and eloquently from...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (3): 297–319.
Published: 01 September 1994
...: Har- court, Brace, 1950), 413. Ian Ousby reiterates Eliot’s dictum: “Its commonly accepted status as the first English detective novel” (Bloodhounds of Heaven: The Detec- tive in English Fiction from Godwin to Doyle [Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 19761, 117). Duncan I...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... excommunicated—in the generic form of popular detective fiction. This generic choice allowed Moretti to claim the displacement of the elite literary canon, itself implicitly modernist, by the “social canon” of popular literature, which is the result of popular selection. 6 By the time “The Slaughterhouse...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1970) 31 (3): 391–392.
Published: 01 September 1970
...- erned by the banality of chance. In Durrenmatt’s Bus Versprechen all these trends are finally actualized. The detective-hero Matthai-demoniacal by virtue of his faith in the rational intelligibility of events-solves the mystery, but is tragically thwarted by a stupid chance occurrence. Ambiguity...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1952) 13 (2): 218–219.
Published: 01 June 1952
... and return, is to be detected in the Melville corpus. The rude question that may suggest itself is, of course, what of it? A great deal of Melville’s work undoubtedly has an abiding interest not vouchsafed many of his contemporaries because of its mythic core, but much of the symbolism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (3): 289–298.
Published: 01 September 1972
... browbeats Hortense; but, if we go simply by the language of the arrest scene, we may be quite unaware of any sexual undertone. Bucket seems merely to be pursuing his trade as infallible master detective. Close analysis will show that this is only superficially so and that the scene...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1979) 40 (2): 210–212.
Published: 01 June 1979
... chapter treating Speak, Memory, Nabokov’s autobiography, “as fiction.” Linking the chapters on individual novels is a central idea concerning the pa- rodic structure that, in Stuart’s view, underlies each work. The Real Life of Sebas- tian Knight, for example, is a parody of a detective story...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (3): 397–399.
Published: 01 September 2015
....) The Sherlock Holmes fantasy that a near-omniscient detective can uncover people’s inner thoughts through endless study of their appearances remains impossible; at the other extreme from Arthur Conan Doyle is Walt Whitman’s determination in his poetry to keep people at a distance, blessing them only from afar...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1963) 24 (2): 215–217.
Published: 01 June 1963
... of contrast rather than of kinship to Goethe, that a specifically German Goethebild and the clichC of the “Olympian” belong to the past. Apart from a very few, easily detectable misprints, we found the following errors : p. 85, line 10, read Itulienische Reise; p. 108, line 30, Wilhelm Wundt...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1953) 14 (4): 375–412.
Published: 01 December 1953
... must be), its own interpretation. The meaning is by the author intimated or suggested, is not to be by the reader detected or constructed, then arbitrarily attached. And what, then, is there symbolical (even for a highbrow audience) is not everything, but what, from the mysterious yet con...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1985) 46 (4): 429–439.
Published: 01 December 1985
... to examine the extent to which one may within reason detect such influence. He considers Milton’s direct allusions to Revelation, his deterministic sense of history, his use of Antichrist imagery, and his expectations of the Last Judg- ment. He also asks important questions often ignored...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1962) 23 (4): 309–322.
Published: 01 December 1962
... would signal the audience of the fact. It is interesting 2 I have found fourteen critics who praise her nobility in the prison scene and thirteen who charge her with inhumanity toward her brother. 3 The only critics who have detected dynamic development of any kind in Isabella are: G...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (3): 415–417.
Published: 01 September 2008
..., somewhat frenetically titled chapter, “Dismember Me: Shakespeare, Para- noia, and the Noir World Order,” which bases its argument on Slavoj Žižek’s reading of the difference between classic and noir styles of detective fiction. The classic style depicts a world governed by the big Other, who ensures...