Armelle Parey
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Defamiliarising detective fiction with Jackson Brodie
Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, Started Early, Took My Dog and Big Sky
in Kate Atkinson
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This chapter analyses how Kate Atkinson introduces dissonance in the genre of detective fiction as she combines tradition with postmodern aspects and with her own distinctive marks: excess and expansiveness, complex plots with a sustained interest in character that are narrated through disrupted temporality that unsettles readers’ expectations. The chapter considers the Brodie novels as a sequence and examines how the stock character of the private detective is appropriated. It discusses the relationship to the past and the realist representation that is then deflated by metafictional devices and intertextuality. Finally, it analyses the use of chance and coincidence as narrative strategies.

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