Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and Popular Culture

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University of Chicago Press, 7 февр. 2014 г. - Всего страниц: 344
In this first general theory for the analysis of popular literary formulas, John G. Cawelti reveals the artistry that underlies the best in formulaic literature. Cawelti discusses such seemingly diverse works as Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Dorothy Sayers's The Nine Tailors, and Owen Wister's The Virginian in the light of his hypotheses about the cultural function of formula literature. He describes the most important artistic characteristics of popular formula stories and the differences between this literature and that commonly labeled "high" or "serious" literature. He also defines the archetypal patterns of adventure, mystery, romance, melodrama, and fantasy, and offers a tentative account of their basis in human psychology.
 

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The Design of this Book
1
1 The Study of Literary Formulas
5
2 Notes toward a Typology of Literary Formulas
37
3 The Mythology of Crime and Its Formulaic Embodiments
51
4 The Formula of the Classical Detective Story
80
5 The Art of the Classical Detective Story
106
6 The HardBoiled Detective Story
139
7 Hammett Chandler and Spillane
162
A Look at the Evolution of a Formula Cooper and the Beginnings of the Western Formula
192
9 The BestSelling Social Melodrama
260
Conclusion
296
Notes
303
Bibliographical Notes
319
Index
330
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