God and the Great Detective: Ellery Queen's Struggle with the Divine, 1945-1965 (Paperback)

God and the Great Detective: Ellery Queen's Struggle with the Divine, 1945-1965 By Nathanael T. Booth Cover Image
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Description


The problem of human evil is never far beneath the surface of mystery fiction. This was particularly true in the wake of the horrific events of World War II. One figure who set out to investigate this crisis was Ellery Queen. This book provides a much-needed intervention in the study of detective fiction by giving sustained attention to Ellery Queen as well as suggesting possible directions for broader discussions of the genre. After the war, Queen mounted an inquiry into the state of masculinity and of the world in the wake of unimaginable horrors represented by the death camps and the atomic bomb. During his investigation, Ellery rummaged through the ruins of culture, invoking and evoking figures such as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and (naturally) Edgar Allan Poe. Ultimately, this quest brought him up against an unexpected foe: God himself. This book examines the ways Queen pushes against the boundaries of what was (and, in some circles, still is) considered possible or desirable in the genre.

About the Author


Nathanael T. Booth is an associate professor in the School of Foreign Languages at Huazhong University of Science and Technology.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781476688725
ISBN-10: 1476688729
Publisher: McFarland and Company, Inc.
Publication Date: October 6th, 2023
Pages: 196
Language: English