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“This guy is good”, said Hemingway. “He figures things out” - Raymond Chandler Breaking the Norms of the Detective Genre
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Raymond Chandler is recognised as one of the most influential crime-story writers in American literature. His novels about private eye Philip Marlowe completely broke the norms of the conventional detective and mystery story. In this essay I discuss how Chandler nuanced and developed the school of detective fiction and also the use of genre and societal norms. He wrote his novels in a way that clearly violated the highly conventionalised genre of the detective story, by using a realistic approach and setting to his stories. Simultaneously Chandler introduces characters patterned within the genre aspects of legends and myths, thus creating a paradox where he sharpens the violations of the detective genre and the defamiliarization of society. In order to show the levels and sub-levels where Chandler´s violations of the genre occur and to show their effect, this essay closely examines both plot construction and characterisation by looking at his two first novels The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely.

Abstract [en]

Raymond Chandler is recognised as one of the most influential crime-story writers in American literature. His novels about private eye Philip Marlowe completely broke the norms of the conventional detective and mystery story. In this essay I discuss how Chandler nuanced and developed the school of detective fiction and also the use of genre and societal norms. He wrote his novels in a way that clearly violated the highly conventionalised genre of the detective story, by using a realistic approach and setting to his stories. Simultaneously Chandler introduces characters patterned within the genre aspects of legends and myths, thus creating a paradox where he sharpens the violations of the detective genre and the defamiliarization of society._x000B__x000B_In order to show the levels and sub-levels where Chandler´s violations of the genre occur and to show their effect, this essay closely examines both plot construction and characterisation by looking at his two first novels The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely.

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2002. , 17 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53679Local ID: ENG C-13OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53679DiVA: diva2:1102239
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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