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The Resource Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers

Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers

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Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers
Title
Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers
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Language
eng
Summary
One of the most fascinating comments often made about Dorothy l. Sayers is that she wrote "real" novels. Catherine Kenney considers why Sayers mysteries tend to strike astute readers this way, and in so doing, suggests her place not only in the history of detection, but in the larger tradition of the English novel which she admired. Gaudy Night, for example, bears striking similarities to nineteenth-century English fiction, especially the novels of Jane Austen. The links between these authors have important implications not only for literary and social history, but also for our growing understanding of the subtle relationship between gender and genre. Unlike earlier book-length studies of Sayers, what Professor Kenney has written is not a biography or a survey, but an assessment of Dorothy Sayer's main contributions to modern letters and culture. Drawing upon Sayer's novels, essays, plays, manuscripts, and letters, Kenney demonstrates the organic relationship of the parts of Sayer's canon and argues persuasively that all of her important themes and concerns are embedded in her best work, her fiction. Sayer's three main accomplishments serve as the organizing principle of this book: first, her transformation of the modern detective story into a serious novel of social criticism and moral depth; second, her penetrating critique of the situation of modern women; and finally her compelling work as a lay theologian and interpreter of Christianity. Thus, the book proceeds not only in roughly chronological order, but also from the work that most readers know best what they know least. The author assumes some familiarity with Sayer's fiction, but The Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers is not intended for specialists alone. Indeed, it is appropriate for the same reader that DLS had in mind when she wrote. It will appeal to those who already admire her work, and it may bring others to appreciate her as a literary figure of importance
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UWK
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Kenney, Catherine
Dewey number
823/.912
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6037.A95 -- K466 1990eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Sayers, Dorothy L.
  • Detective and mystery stories, English
  • Christianity in literature
  • Women in literature
  • Sayers, Dorothy L.
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Christianity in literature
  • Detective and mystery stories, English
  • Women in literature
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Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers
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Publication
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- The Documents in the Case -- Part I: A Detective in the House of Fiction -- 1. The Making of a Mystery Writer -- 2. Toward a Poetics of Detection -- 3. The Development of a Novelist -- 4. The Nine Tailors and the Riddle of the Universe -- 5. Gaudy Night and the Mystery of the Human Heart -- Part II: Sayers on Women: An Inquiry into the Fatal Subject -- 6. Assaying the Subject -- 7. Unnatural Death and the Testimony of Superfluous Women -- 8. Neither Gods nor Beasts: Men, Women, and The Documents in the Case -- 9. A Precarious Balance: Love, Work, and Play in the Vane-Wimsey Quartet -- Part III: A Witness of Universal Truth: The Religious Dimension of Sayers's Art -- 10. The Religious Background -- 11. Moral Fiction -- 12. A Crisis in Christendom and The Man Born to Be King -- 13. The Mind of the Maker: A Fascinating and Majestic Mystery -- Final Judgment: A Writer First and Foremost -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index
Control code
1166289973
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (327 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612779133
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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6d0a3e97-e73f-42df-81d5-d18865cb4072
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1166289973
Label
Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- The Documents in the Case -- Part I: A Detective in the House of Fiction -- 1. The Making of a Mystery Writer -- 2. Toward a Poetics of Detection -- 3. The Development of a Novelist -- 4. The Nine Tailors and the Riddle of the Universe -- 5. Gaudy Night and the Mystery of the Human Heart -- Part II: Sayers on Women: An Inquiry into the Fatal Subject -- 6. Assaying the Subject -- 7. Unnatural Death and the Testimony of Superfluous Women -- 8. Neither Gods nor Beasts: Men, Women, and The Documents in the Case -- 9. A Precarious Balance: Love, Work, and Play in the Vane-Wimsey Quartet -- Part III: A Witness of Universal Truth: The Religious Dimension of Sayers's Art -- 10. The Religious Background -- 11. Moral Fiction -- 12. A Crisis in Christendom and The Man Born to Be King -- 13. The Mind of the Maker: A Fascinating and Majestic Mystery -- Final Judgment: A Writer First and Foremost -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index
Control code
1166289973
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (327 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612779133
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
6d0a3e97-e73f-42df-81d5-d18865cb4072
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1166289973

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