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Introduction JANICE M. ALLAN
Now You See Her—Now You Don’t:
Household Spies in Aurora Floyd and Lady Audley’s Secret
RACHEL SMILLIE (U Aberdeen) In Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s novels the female domestic servant enjoys a uniquely privileged position; she is granted admittance to the most intimate spaces of the home and given unfettered access to the family’s secrets. By focusing on the role of the female servant as household spy, this essay explores the control these women are able to exercise over their respective narratives.
“Something in a New Key”: Democratizing Poe’s Ratiocination in Psych and Elementary
PATRICK KENT RUSSELL (U-Conn) Psych
(2006–14) and Elementary
(2013–) take steps to democratize Edgar Allan Poe’s ratiocination. Early seasons of Psych take a greater step by providing viewing audiences access to clues and lessons in what to observe. Seasons 1 and 2 of Elementary
also show lessons, but as character development, rather than to redistribute necessary knowledge.
Far from Home and Near to Harm: Mazes, Rhizomes, and Illusory Domestic Spaces in Richard Stark’s Parker Novels
GREGORY ALAN PHIPPS This article considers the construction of Richard Stark’s Parker novels in relation to the symbolic models of the maze and the rhizome. These function in the Parker novels as frameworks that capture the structural forms of various spaces, social encounters, and modes of subjectivity.
Scarlet Fever: Communism, Crime, and Contagion in James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere
(U of Western Sydney) Throughout James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere
, the threat of communism and the institutional anxiety it engenders is played out through a series of symbolic associations among communism, crime, and contagion. Ellroy’s figuration of communism as a form of criminal contagion takes up underlying tensions involved with the discourse of typology that runs through the detective genre.