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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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    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.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 08:11
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:30
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3608

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