Logging Detective Mysteries. Dr. Orley K. Marron - 2013. Why Detective Mysteries?. A sudden scream split the night. Detective Gilgamesh sat up in the narrow hotel bed. He tried to switch on the light, but it didn’t work.
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Dr. Orley K. Marron - 2013
A sudden scream split the night.
Detective Gilgamesh sat up in the narrow hotel bed.
He tried to switch on the light, but it didn’t work.
Minutes later, he heard the sound of footsteps outside his door - quick, running, light steps.
“A young man?” He wondered, “or a woman, perhaps?”
Why do we like this sort of stuff???
Therefore readers must be in “a constant state of vigilance” (as Lisa Zunshine terms it ) - constantly suspicious – just like the detective investigating the mystery.
Reader mistrust is at the basis of the detective story
So the focus is on solving the riddle / mystery – by :
From “Why We Read Fiction” – Lisa Zunshine (2006)
“ In other words, we open a detective novel with an avid anticipation that our expectations will be systematically frustrated, that we will be repeatedly made fools of, and that for several hours….we will be fed deliberate lies in lieu of being given a direct answer to one single simple question that we really care about (i.e., who done it?)”
Ellen R. Belton (Brooklyn College) observes that the reader of the detective story is motivated
“by two conflicting desires: the desire to solve the mystery ahead of or at least simultaneously with the investigator and the desire not to solve it until the last possible moment in order to prolong the pleasures of the mystery situation.”
She says that this state of tension is fine in a book, but not in life: “I do not think that many of us would find such a suspended state particularly delectable in real life. “
Prepare a handout for your students that includes:
(This will serve as a guideline for the students as to how to order the pages)
2. Work pages for the 7 components in a logical order
This save A LOT of aggravation, lost papers etc…
(vocabulary, LOTS questions) making sure the pupils understand what is happening