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Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story From Poe to Postmodernism. (book review)

Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story From Poe to Postmodernism. (book review)

Shiach, Morag

Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story From Poe to

Postmodernism. Ed. by Patricia Merivale and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney.

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 1999. x+305

pp. $45; [pound]35 (paperbound $19.95; [pound]15.50).

This collection of texts constitutes a useful introduction to the genre of ‘metaphysical detective fiction’ and offers detailed critical readings of a range of texts from within this genre. The introduction to the volume considers the distinctive features of the genre, including intertextuality; textual self-consciousness; exploration of the …