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Литературная критика на одну из нижеперечисленных книг:- P.D. JamesAn unsuitable job for a woman;- Liza Cody ;Bucket Nut;- Stella Duffy t;Mouths of Babes

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Год сдачи: 2012

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Introduction……………………………………………………………………………...3
Female Novelists and Spiritualist Detection……………………………………..…….5
Cordelia Gray………………………………………………………………………..…..7
Family Discord……………………………………………………………………..…..10
P. D. James and the Complexity of Human Evil………………………………..……14
Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………..…..18
References…………………………………………………………………………….....19
Crime fiction is a particularly appropriate form for the exploration of political ideas because it deals with two elements of human behavior which are central to politics - power and appearances: power, as exercised by the state, by employers, by men over women or by individuals over each other, ultimately embodied in violence or 'crime'; and appearances – which the reader is deceived by, and the investigator must unravel. As a mass cultural form, replete with symbolic meanings, the crime thriller is comparable with romantic fiction in its ideological and psychological power.
Best-selling crime writer P. D. James - the initials stand for Phyllis Dorothy - exudes an air of quiet authority. It is easy to envisage her, had she not become a creator of detective stories with more twists and tu
s than a spiral staircase, as a headmistress of a girls' school.
But it is soon apparent from what she says that the authoritative mien is, in fact, a cloak for shyness. She reluctantly admits that Adam Dalgliesh, the detective in her novels, 'is, I suppose, modeled on myself - or rather, the way I would have tu
ed out if I had been a man'.
Dalgliesh prefers to unravel the complexities of crimes solo, as does his creator. 'I need time on my own, particularly when I am writing. I can write more or less anywhere as long as I have total privacy.'
She is too modest to concur with the view that she is Britain's best-known crime writer, even though her books - 12 major detective novels - are read avidly by millions all over the world. She herself is a great fan of the works of close friend Ruth Rendell. `I particularly enjoy her psychological works, written under the name of Barbara Vine.' Books beside her bed are most likely to be by women writers such as Iris Murdoch, Anita Brookner and Penelope Lively, although not to the total exclusion of male authors like Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh, whom she considers to have been the greatest novelists of their generation.
Success came...
P. D. James (1920– ), with her character Cordelia Gray (An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, The Skull Beneath the Skin), expands traditional crime fiction. Her female detective is a professional and mode
feminist, she uses the Bildungsroman genre, and she expands this genre by allowing her detective to defeat the system rather than compromise.
Her detecting figures tend to be subject to negative sublime horror because they are irretrievably cut off from representing the dream of divine justice. Horror at human selfishness and evil is James’ formal mode of representing her metaphysics of the genre.
A wonderful mystery that grabs you from the first page. James' descriptions of characters make them immediately three-dimensional, and you are pulled along with Cordelia Gray as her invisible Watson. I found Cordelia to be a very real character and although the book was published in 1972, it's still mostly timeless. The idea that everyone seems to think detective work is unsuitable for a woman shouldn't ring as true today, but it does. And every young woman (and perhaps man) finds that in their early twenties, *nobody* thinks they are quite suited to do the job they're doing. It's much more enjoyable in this case, as Cordelia is both competent, intelligent, and is very aware that she doesn't have "it" all together yet.
There's no gratuitous sex, violence, or super-detailed recounting of bugs or blood spatters or things that are much more popular in police-procedural tv-shows. It's not that sex and violence don't exist in this world, but you need not slog through page after page to imagine what it's like trying to get blood out of a carpet. This doesn't seem like an emotional novel, yet I have a fondness for the characters (even the evil ones) that comes from an interesting story that's well-told.





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