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Academia in Fact and Fiction

Edited By Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim and Merritt Moseley

«Academia in Fact and Fiction» comprises twenty-eight essays on the relationship(s) between the university and the practice of belles lettres. The collection includes studies of the teaching of fiction by university professors; the fit – or misfit – between the creative writer and the academy; the depiction of the university, its staff and atmosphere, in literature, cinema and new media; and the varieties of academic fiction ranging from the ludic and satirical to the tragic. Most of the works addressed in the volume are British or American, modern or contemporary, but the historical range extends to Victorian and Shakespearian works, and the geographical range includes novels and poems from Russia, New Zealand, and Nigeria. Among the genres discussed are, in addition to the «literary novel», plays, detective fiction, fanfiction, utopias, mysteries and alternative history. The contributors are international and cosmopolitan.

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Forensic Imagination, Literary Studies and Academe in Julia Kristeva’s Detective Novel Murder In Byzantium (Zofia Kolbuszewska (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin))

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Zofia Kolbuszewska

Forensic Imagination, Literary Studies and Academe in Julia Kristeva’s Detective Novel Murder In Byzantium

[Byzantium] is a detective story written long before Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell, and other Mary Higgins Clarks came on the scene! (Julia Kristeva, Murder in Byzantium 84)

Crime fascinates us because it reveals a psychic functioning authorized by the suspension of time, and, in the instant of the criminal gesture, is itself excluded from human time. (Julia Kristeva, La Haine et le pardon 626)

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