Women's roles in detective fiction : a study in culture change

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dc.contributor.advisor Coffin, James L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Ketter, Ava L. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:32:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:32:14Z
dc.date.created 1978 en_US
dc.date.issued 1978
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1978 .K48 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181768
dc.description.abstract This thesis explored the nature of change in women's roles as reflected in British and American fiction from the turn of the century to date. The characters of women detectives were evaluated for how they functioned as active agents toward a solution to a given problem.This evaluation was based on three diagnostic points: 1) what rationale was offered to justify the characters as problem solvers; 2) what connections didthe characters hold with formal institutions of authority; and 3) what institutional skills, knowledge, training, etc. did the characters employ.This study revealed that the characters, though placed in an active role, operated from a strictly traditional orientation. Their motivations, "raison d'etre" and connections with formal institutions of authority were based on affective relationships, particularly those of a familial or romantic nature. The characters relied on intuition rather than skill or knowledge.
dc.format.extent ii, 141 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Characters and characteristics in literature. en_US
dc.title Women's roles in detective fiction : a study in culture change en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/285427 en_US

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