Solution to Dissolution: Detective Fiction from Wilkie Collins to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
46 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2007
In this paper, I describe the transformation of legal culture over the hundred year period framed by two works of detective fiction, Wilkie Collins' THE LAW AND THE LADY, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD. I contend that Collins's novel represents legal culture as constructed on perceptions of factual and legal objectivity and rigid gender castes, while Garcia Marquez deconstructs these same aspects of the genre in order to represent law as without authority, facts as ambiguous, and gender roles as misleading.
Keywords: Law, literature, detective fiction, mysteries, Garcia Marquez, Wilkie Collins
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