Captivating the Reader in Michael Connelly's and Sue Grafton's Crime Novels

Abstract : Every reader with a passion for literary fiction compiles a list of preferred novels he considers as good novels. Why is a novel deemed good while another is not? Conscious cognitive notions and unconscious psychological notions are put into play. On the conscious side, we put into use the theoretical developments of Umberto Eco concerning the notions of ‘model reader’ and of ‘reader’s encyclopaedia’, in addition to those of Raphael Baroni concerning the ‘narrative tension’ which include suspense, curiosity and surprise. On the psychological side affecting the unconscious, Michel Picard helps establish our analysis thanks to his idea of reading as a form of playing activity. By analysing four hard-boiled novels by American writers Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly —two from their early works (“B” is for Burglar and The Black Echo) and two from their period of success (“G” is for Gumshoe et The Narrows) — we try to identify the evolution of their writing style and the means they apply to captivate the reader. These means embrace the use of realism, that of repetition and anaphora to entail curiosity and suspense, and the use of borrowings in intertexuality as well as more post-modern features like playing with the paratext, hybridization and use of humour.
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Jean-Louis Bellini. Captivating the Reader in Michael Connelly's and Sue Grafton's Crime Novels. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2018. ⟨dumas-01928358⟩



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