Jouer au détective chez Kazuo Ishiguro et dans le whodunit métafictionnel britannique.

Abstract : The detective story has been a rich source of inspiration for writers associated with postmodern fiction. For the most part, critical studies of these attempts to rewrite the genre have focused on non-British authors, including Alain Robbe-Grillet, Paul Auster, Umberto Eco, Jorge Luis Borges and Vladimir Nabokov. This study proposes to analyze British novels, a film and a television series which, similarly, rewrite the whodunit through intertextuality, parody and the self-reflexiveness.In these metafictional works, which have all appeared since the beginning of the 1980s, we ask if the expectations invoked by the detective story are completely frustrated or rather if they are employed in the service of another goal. Rather than subvert the conventions of the genre, we ask instead if the works in the corpus deploy them in order to conduct an investigation of another sort: an investigation into British history and identity. While the works reflect in part the crisis of confidence in historical representation that characterizes the postmodern period, we ask whether they display any faith in our ability to rationally unravel the mysteries and the sufferings of the past. In answering these questions we will decide if these works reflect a total break from the detective genre or, in fact, continuity with it.
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James Dalrymple. Jouer au détective chez Kazuo Ishiguro et dans le whodunit métafictionnel britannique.. Linguistique. Université Grenoble Alpes, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017GREAL009⟩. ⟨tel-01742516v2⟩

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