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Title: Pleasure land and talking to the dead : a reflection on 'Pleasure land'
Author: Reardon, Joanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 615X
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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Pleasure Land has a strong regional setting in the fairground of a seaside town North West England, a place where' carousel horses come to die'. A man who is supposed to be dead is found murdered. The detective investigating the murder, Tom Fairfax, is coming to terms with the death of his daughter and isn't really up to the job. A man on the edge, he's been given a second chance and doesn't want to blow it. Talking to the Dead This thesis will examine how I approached the writing of the crime novel Pleasure Land by using influences from both literary and crime fiction. Through reference to mythology and the structure of the hero’s journey I will explore how these influences have been helpful to me in finding a shape and framework for my crime novel and for the voice of its detective, Inspector Tom Fairfax. I will discuss how this has been explored by other crime writers - writers of classic crime noir as well as Contemporary European crime writers, and the influence their approach has had on my ownwork. I will consider some of the moral and philosophical questions raised by the writing of crime fiction, in particular how insistent the voices of the dead can be in the solving of a crime.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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