By Mareike Jenner
The best way detectives entry and achieve the 'truth' a few crime is a vital indicator of ways they relate to modern political advancements. This ebook explores those tools of detection and positions the style in a particular political, aesthetic, narrative and business context.
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In order to specify two major shapes the detective genre can take, this chapter will outline two subgenres or ‘branches’ of the detective genre: the ‘genius’ detective genre and the police procedural. This analysis focusses on American television dramas. While these dramas draw on a literary as well as audio-visual history of the genre, it is important to emphasise that the way they develop is speciﬁc to the medium and in line with its industrial and aesthetic conditions, Deﬁning Detection 43 as discussed throughout this book.
Yet, some key conventions within these sub-genres can be outlined and discussed here. The ‘genius’ detective genre may be what is most commonly associated with the detective genre. The literary heroes Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey, and so on have left a powerful legacy and still dominate the sub-genre in terms of ‘stock’ characters or genre archetypes, such as female detectives as rational investigators and male investigators who often seem arrogant and removed from ‘mainstream’ society.
These thought patterns have implications for the ideological function of methods of detection in speciﬁc historical moments. Apart from the well-established rational-scientiﬁc and irrational-subjective methods of detection, this chapter also introduced the idea of alternative methods of detection. The term describes a deconstruction of the binary opposition of rationalscientiﬁc and irrational-subjective methods of detection and the attempt to develop different approaches to ‘truth-ﬁnding’. The next chapter will explore the detective genre itself in more detail.
American TV Detective Dramas: Serial Investigations by Mareike Jenner