Pleasures of Discovery

Pleasures of Discovery

The Pleasures of Discovery.

What is it about detective fiction that is so pleasurable? One of the points of identification could be the intellectual curiosity that the detective localizes in finding „who did it“. This pursuit of a hidden truth, or a concealed meaning gives an intellectual pleasure akin to that of the scholar, or even of the literary critic. The next two novels we will look at deal with these areas of intersection. In Colin Dexter’s The Way Through the Woods, we will read the role and goals of the detective across acts of textual – in fact – literary interpretation. Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night, situates a detective’s quest for truth and justice within a community of people joined by their devotion to knowledge. Namely, Oxford University.

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