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From Holmes to Poirot: relations between literature and history in the British detective stories

Grant number: 12/20874-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Principal Investigator:Marcia Valeria Zamboni Gobbi
Grantee:Pollyanna Souza Menegheti
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil


This present study aims to analyze the British detective novel from the XIX and the early XX centuries, in its historicity, considering that this subgenre of literature has characteristic elements from the period it was developed, like, for an example, the main role of logic and rationality in its plots.The existence of the detective stories is intimately linked to the psychological structure of the society where it's been built on, like the notions of science and scientism that were driven by the Positivism and the methodical science. Likewise, the changes on the status of fiction and on the concept of verisimilitude allowed the consolidation of the detective stories.Therefore, this study will work with these elements, studying the relationship between literature and history, thinking about the possible historical influences in the detective stories, the representation of society in its plots and how its narrative is built to create the unity of effect, as it was proposed by Edgar Allan Poe. Three works from Arthur Conan Doyle, all of them protagonized by the renowned detective Sherlock Holmes, will be analyzed, as well as three works from Agatha Christie, all of them protagonized by her most famous character, the belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

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MENEGHETI, Pollyanna Souza. De Holmes a Poirot: relações entre literatura e história na narrativa policial britânica. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Ciências e Letras. Araraquara Araraquara.

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