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Mystery writers in foreign settings : the literary devices and methods used to portray foreign geographies

Author: Amy Kimball Engar
Publisher: 2005.
Dissertation: M.S. Brigham Young University. Dept. of Geography 2005
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A sense of place is important to the construction, believability and success of regional mystery novels. Authentic representation of place is challenging if an author is not originally from the area being portrayed. Despite this, some authors are able to depict foreign places more comprehensively and realistically than others. Professor Gary Hausladen of the University of Nevada, Reno identifies: narrative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic dissertations
Academic theses
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Lindsey Davis; Elizabeth George; Dorothy Gilman; Lynda Suzanne Robinson; Lindsey Davis; Elizabeth George; Dorothy Gilman; Lynda Suzanne Robinson
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Kimball Engar
OCLC Number: 123234726
Description: vii, 52 leaves ; 28 cm
Responsibility: by Amy Kimball Engar.

Abstract:

A sense of place is important to the construction, believability and success of regional mystery novels. Authentic representation of place is challenging if an author is not originally from the area being portrayed. Despite this, some authors are able to depict foreign places more comprehensively and realistically than others. Professor Gary Hausladen of the University of Nevada, Reno identifies: narrative description, dialogue, iconography, and attention to detail as the basic literary devices that convey sense of place. This thesis questions the manner in which successful mystery novelists writing about foreign places meet Hausladen's model. Specifically, do they use all four of the literary devices, which are most commonly used, which are consciously used, and what research methods and resources do they use to incorporate the literary devices. Primary and secondary data are collected through interviews and literary analyses. It is found that these authors use all four of the prescribed literary devices, that some of the literary devices are more challenging to use than others, that place establishing literary techniques are important to the authors and that the authors seek to incorporate sense of place through diverse types of intensive research.
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