Victorian Detective Fiction and the Nature of Evidence

The Scientific Investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle

  • Authors
  • Lawrence Frank

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Contexts

    1. Lawrence Frank
      Pages 1-26
  3. Edgar Allan Poe

  4. Charles Dickens

  5. Arthur Conan Doyle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-132
    2. Lawrence Frank
      Pages 133-153
    3. Lawrence Frank
      Pages 202-207
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 208-249

About this book


Frank investigates an intertextual exchange between nineteenth-century historical disciplines (philology, cosmology, geology archaeology and evolutionary biology) and the detective fictions of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle. In responding to the writings of figures like Lyell, Darwin and E.B. Taylor, detective fiction initiated a transition from scriptural literalism and a prevailing Natural Theology to a naturalistic, secular worldview. In the process, detective fiction sceptically examined both the evidence such disciplines used and their narrative rendering of the world.


Arthur Conan Doyle Charles Dickens detective fiction fiction Victorian era

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