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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|Advisor:||Cherin, Patricia H.|
|Commitee:||Shannon, Jacqueline, Swain, John D.|
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Comparative literature, Modern literature, Literature|
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