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Solution to Dissolution: Detective Fiction from Wilkie Collins to Gabriel Garcia Marquez

46 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2007  

Rosanna Cavallaro

Suffolk University Law School

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Cavallaro, Rosanna, Solution to Dissolution: Detective Fiction from Wilkie Collins to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Texas Journal of Women and the Law, Vol. 15, No. 1, Fall 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=957799

Rosanna Cavallaro (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

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Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

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