The Impotence of Human Reason: E.C. Bentley's Trent's Last Case and the Anti-Detective Text

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Abstract

This article considers the subversion of the analytical detective format in E. C. Bentley’s Trent’s Last Case (1913). Exploring the text’s problematization of concepts such as logic and reason as well as its disruption of the detective’s ocularcentric interpretative framework, the author highlights the ways in which Trent’s Last Case unsettles delineations between the classic analytic detective story and the metaphysical or antidetective text.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages10
JournalClues
Volume35
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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