Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

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by Badal, Robert, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2012, 58; 1522141
Abstract (Summary)

The mystery novel is often thought of as a modern literary form. It is, in fact, a modern manifestation of the traditional story of the quest. All of the elements of a quest are present, although these elements are likely to be displaced into a variety of forms. These forms reflect attitudes, values, ideas, and images (dreams and nightmares) of the world contemporary to when the novel was written.

An exploration of twentieth-century mystery novels precedes the creative project, which includes a novel adapted from a screenplay written by the author and the screenplay itself. The novel uses a narrative form called multiple-selective omniscient, which is sometimes referred to as cinematic style, and pairs a mixed-race female and a Japanese male as protagonists. Using elements of Japanese culture as part of the plot, it explores this culture in a contemporary setting.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cherin, Patricia H.
Commitee: Shannon, Jacqueline, Swain, John D.
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Modern literature, Literature
Publication Number: 1522141
ISBN: 9781267949257
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