Arsène Lupin meets Sam Spade and Phil Marlowe: citations from the tradition of the detective novel in the works of Umberto Eco

  • In this essay, the author analyzes the form and function of the references to the detective genre in the novels of Umberto Eco. Firstly, he compares Eco’s major fictional works with a number of famous crime stories written by Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Gaston Leroux, Maurice Leblanc, Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ellis Peters. Secondly, he shows the analogy between the reasoning of the detective and the research methods of semiotics, and in addition to this he demonstrates how Eco’s conception of literary postmodernism motivates his use of citations.

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Author:Thomas StauderGND
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Parent Title (English):Differences, deceits and desires: murder and mayhem in Italian crime fiction
Publisher:University of Delaware Press
Place of publication:Newark
Editor:Mirna Cicioni, Nicoletta Di Ciolla
Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2008
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2020/05/08
Tag:Eco, Umberto; Kriminalroman
Crime fiction; Detective novel
Giallo; Romanzo criminale
First Page:27
Last Page:48
Ursprünglich als Vortrag gehalten am 5. 7. 2004 in Prato auf der Tagung der Monash University (Melbourne) „Murder and Mayhem in the Mare Nostrum: Contemporary Configurations of Mediterranean Detective Genres“.
Series:Monash Romance Studies
Institutes:Philologisch-Historische Fakultät
Philologisch-Historische Fakultät / Romanistik
Philologisch-Historische Fakultät / Romanistik / Lehrstuhl für Romanische Literaturwissenschaft Französisch / Italienisch
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 85 Italienische, rumänische, rätoromanische Literaturen / 850 Italienische, rumänische, rätoromanische Literaturen
Licence (German):Deutsches Urheberrecht