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Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and Popular Culture [Paperback]

Item : Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and Popular Culture [Paperback]
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Author Author : Cawelti, John G.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226098672
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226098678
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 344
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100001803

In this first general theory for the analysis of popular literary formulas, John G. Cawelti reveals the artistry that underlies the best in formulaic literature. Cawelti discusses such seemingly diverse works as Mario Puzo'sThe Godfather, Dorothy Sayers'sThe Nine Tailors, and Owen Wister'sThe Virginianin the light of his hypotheses about the cultural function of formula literature. He describes the most important artistic characteristics of popular formula stories and the differences between this literature and that commonly labeled high or serious literature. He also defines the archetypal patterns of adventure, mystery, romance, melodrama, and fantasy, and offers a tentative account of their basis in human psychology.
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Design of This Book
1. The Study of Literary Formulas
Formulas, Genres, and Archetypes
The Artistic Characteristics of Formula Literature
Formulas and Culture
2. Notes toward a Typology of Literary Formulas
Adventure
Romance
Mystery
Melodrama
Alien Beings or States
3. The Mythology of Crime and Its Formulaic Embodiments
The Godfatherand the Literature of Crime
Elements of the New Formula
The Cultural Function of Popular Crime Formulas
4. The Formula of the Classical Detective Story
Patterns of the Formula
Cultural Background of the Formula
5. The Art of the Classical Detective Story
Central Artistic Problems of the Genre
Artistic Failures and Successes: Christie and Sayers
The Art of Simenon
Detective Stories and Detection as an Element in Other Literary Genres
The Future of the Classical Detective Story
6. The Hard-Boiled Detective Story
Hard-boiled and Classical Detective Stories
Patterns of the Formula
Cultural Backgrounds of the Formula
7. Hammett, Chandler, and Spillane
8. The Western: A Look at the Evolution of a Formula
Cooper and the Beginnings of the Western Formula
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