Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science
This is the first book about the relationship between the development of forensic science in the nineteenth century and the new literary genre of detective fiction in Britain and America--from Poe, Dickens and Hawthorne through Twain and Conan Doyle to Hammett, Chandler and Christie. Ronald R. Thomas is especially concerned with the authority the literary detective manages...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published July 23rd 2003 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 22nd 2000)
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Sep 09, 2007 Cristina B rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in crime fiction.
Though phrenology is an outmoded science, Ronald R. Thomas’ Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science offers something of a modern equivalency. The work offers an anatomical representation of criminal (and criminal-pursuing) identity, using forensic evidence detailed in crime stories to resolve personal-identity questions which, in turn, are really questions of national identity. The inclusion of real-life criminal mugshots, photos of detecting devices, as well as artistic representatio...more