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Title:

?Historical whodunit?, czyli wzloty i upadki brytyjskiej szkoły kryminału historycznego na przykładzie wybranych powieści Lindsey Davis = Lindsey Davis's historical whodunits, or the glories and the shortcomings of the british school of historical crime fiction

Group publication title:

Scripta Humana, 5

Creator:

Kallas, Piotr

Subject and Keywords:

Davis, Lindsey (1949- ) ; literatura angielska - tematyka ; Powieść kryminalna

Abstract_pl:

Tekst niniejszy podejmuje próbę odpowiedzi na kilka pytań z dziedziny historii i recepcji literatury, a także genologii literackiej. Co to jest "kryminał historyczny"? Jak można by tę nową na gruncie polskim odmianę gatunkową zdefiniować? W którym momencie dosyć już długiej historii "detective fiction", sięgającej roku 1841 i pierwszego opowiadania Edgara Allana Poe o Auguście Dupinie ("Morderstwo przy Rue Morgue"), się ona pojawiła? ; Jakie teksty można by nazwać jej "tekstami kanonicznymi"? Co sprawia, iż znalazła ona rzesze wiernych czytelników w wielu językach europejskich, także w Polsce? Odpowiedzi na tak postawione pytania poszukamy, przyglądając się dziełu wybitnej współczesnej pisarki brytyjskiej, Lindsey Davis, autorki cyklu bestsellerowych powieści o przygodach Marka Dydiusza Falko.

Abstract:

The paper offers an overview of a brief but rich and varied career of an intriguing subgenre of crimefiction - historical crime novel, or historical whodunit. This literary form came into being with Agatha Christie's 1945 novel "Death Comes as the End", and was further developed in the 1980s by the writers as diverse and talented as Ellis Peters, Anne Perry and Umberto Eco; it was finally established as a fully-fledged type of crime fiction in the 1990s with the works of Steven Saylor, John MaddoxRoberts, Boris Akunin and, last but not least, Lindsay Davis (a vigorous Polish school of historical crime, represented notably by Marek Krajewski, came into existence somewhat later). The paper offers an overview of a brief but rich and varied career of an intriguing subgenre of crimefiction - historical crime novel, or historical whodunit. This literary form came into being with Agatha Christie's 1945 novel "Death Comes as the End", and was further developed in the 1980s by the writers as diverse and talented as Ellis Peters, Anne Perry and Umberto Eco; it was finally established as a fully-fledged type of crime fiction in the 1990s with the works of Steven Saylor, John MaddoxRoberts, Boris Akunin and, last but not least, Lindsay Davis (a vigorous Polish school of historical crime, represented notably by Marek Krajewski, came into existence somewhat later). ; The paper presents definitions of the subgenre and discusses in detail the novels of Lindsey Davis set in 1st century Rome and featuring a "private investigator" named Marcus Didius Falco. The books are remarkably successful both as historical fictions and as crime stories, although they do not entirely avoid the pitfalls resulting from the blending of these two distinct literary forms, the most striking of which is the fundamental anachronism of a detective narrative set in a distant historical past.

Publisher:

Zielona Góra: Oficyna Wydawnicza Uniwersytetu Zielonogórskiego

Contributor:

Kulczycka, Dorota - red. ; Ruszczyńska, Marta - red. ; Brylla, Wolfgang J. - red. ; Gazdecka, Elżbieta - red.

Date:

2016

Resource Type:

artykuł

Format:

application/pdf

Pages:

153-173

Source:

Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Zielonogórskiego: Seria Scripta Humana, tom 5

Language:

pol

Rights:

Biblioteka Uniwersytetu Zielonogórskiego