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Writing, sciences and occult practices in the XIX and XX centuries: discursive construction on the truth in Poe, Holmberg, Piglia

d'Argenio, Maria Chiara (2011) Writing, sciences and occult practices in the XIX and XX centuries: discursive construction on the truth in Poe, Holmberg, Piglia. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 88 (2), pp. 219-237. ISSN 1475-3839.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/bhs.2011.5

Abstract

This essay examines the dialectics of hegemony and resistance implied in discourses related to crime. Its main hypothesis relies on the idea that all discursive constructions of truth are based on a series of systems of knowledge, principles of authority and forms of resistance to authority that reveal crucial social mechanisms. Starting from this premise, I analyse a number of key patterns shared by the detective stories of Poe (1809–1849), Piglia (1941) and Holmberg (1852–1937). These narratives reveal dialectics of hegemony and resistance that rise from their specific contexts; dialectics that affect social relations (Poe), logics of power (Piglia) or systems of knowledge (Holmberg) and are articulated in persistent dichotomies: normal-abnormal, order-disorder, rational-irrational. This approach allows me to tackle similar problems found in three different historical contexts while proposing a reading of the detective story from the angle of cultural history.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 08:11
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 13:03
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3608

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