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Title: "Disorder" (a novel) ʻbehaviourism and Hammett's hardboiled crime fiction legacyʾ (a critical component)
Author: Brennan, Gerard Mark
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 8333
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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The thesis is comprised of two parts: the novel, Disorder, and a three-chapter critical analysis of Behaviourist POV in crime fiction from 1929 to the present day. Disorder is an attempt to make sense of the current political and social situation in Belfast in the form of a crime fiction novel; specifically, a politically charged piece of hardboiled detective fiction that harkens back to the subgenre’s genesis through the works of Dashiell Hammett. The ever-present activity of mindless riotous disorder in certain pockets of Belfast is examined with an objective Behaviourist point of view (POV). A disparate cast of characters - spanning the gamut of political opinion and economic class from one end of ‘The Wee City’ to the other - is tied together by Detective Inspector Tommy Bridge of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The accompanying critical component is an examination of the strengths of the Behaviourist POV in hardboiled crime fiction and noir; initially put to work in The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. The thesis starts with Hammett and follows a logical trail to identify those writers who, influenced by Hammett’s Behaviourist technique, have experimented with their own versions of the POV to create an unsung legacy of challenging and thought-provoking literature. The concluding chapter is a reflective piece on the experience of writing a Behaviourist hardboiled crime fiction novel set in contemporary Northern Ireland.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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