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Interminable Enigma: Joyce Carol Oates's Reimagining of Detective Fiction

Abstract : From the beginning of her career fifty years ago, Joyce Carol Oates has incessantly devoted both her fiction and non-fiction writing to the exploration of the mysteries of life. Several themes are consistently present in her fiction, including the investigation into what constitutes the individual, how people relate to the world around them, the problems that arise in interpreting one’s experiences, and the difference between dream and reality. The hybrid nature of Oates’s work defies easy categorization. However, more and more of her novels recall elements of detective and crime fiction, though the writer herself prefers the label “mystery and suspense” stories. Such a distinction is far from trivial as the four works analyzed in this study, Rape: A Love Story, The Tattooed Girl, Beasts and The Falls, correspond only partially to the conventions of detective fiction. The goal of this study is to examine the way in which Oates rewrites detective fiction, making it correspond to her enigmatic vision of the world, giving it a more human dimension that perhaps speaks more fully to contemporary readers.
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Tanya Tromble. Interminable Enigma: Joyce Carol Oates's Reimagining of Detective Fiction. Humanities and Social Sciences. Université de Provence (Aix Marseille 1), 2010. English. ⟨tel-03577329⟩



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