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2009 | 56 | 1 | 28-56
Article title

SOME WEIRD EVENTS HAVE BEEN TOLD IN THE BAKER STREET - THE 1ST PART (Niekolko cudnych udalosti vyrozpravanych na Baker Street - 1. cast)

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SK
Abstracts
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The study analyses composition, motifs and stylistic structure of Doyle's Holmes detective stories. The author tries to determine their value in the context of their development within transformations of the detective genre. He studies the Doyle's texts in regard with the Victorian cultural code and parallel literary worldview movements. For the most important category of the construction of Holmes' rebuses he determines a category of weird and bizarre, sometimes even grotesque. The evil plan or breaking an order (natural or social) comes forth onto phenomenal level in the form of series of weird and absurd events appearing the way to a person, who is trapped in 'hands' of criminals. If the intellect embodied in the person of a genial detective reveals the right motivation, the odour of strange disappears: detective's achievement (searching and resolving) brings back the rational order to absurdly looked world. Only minority of later texts fulfil the rules of the 'standard' type of a classical detective prose. Progressing schematisation of the genre eliminated the most characteristic part of Doyle's heritage: category of strange which is finally suppressed by operation of shifting and reduction: in the further development of the genre which is applied to motif of murder (it makes murder more peculiar and masks it). It is not applied the general motif of rebus as it was in case of Doyle.
Year
Volume
56
Issue
1
Pages
28-56
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Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • Tomas Horvath, Ustav slovenskej literatury SAV, Konventna 13, 813 64 Bratislava, Slovak Republic; www.uslit.sav.sk/slovlit.htmS
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CEJSH db identifier
09SKAAAA06373
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