By Mareike Jenner
The way in which detectives entry and accomplish the 'truth' a couple of crime is a crucial indicator of ways they relate to modern political advancements. This ebook explores those equipment of detection and positions the style in a particular political, aesthetic, narrative and business context.
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Yet, queer theory is a postmodern theory, and lines between postmodernism and a supposed post-postmodernism are difﬁcult to draw. For concepts of ‘truth-ﬁnding’ in American detective drama, the rational-scientiﬁc and irrationalsubjective methods of detection are increasingly deconstructed and, at the very least, desire for alternative methods of detection is formulated. This is related to an increasing weariness with discourses of postmodern deconstruction. Based on this, postmodernism, as a project and as a period, is frequently eulogised: as Josh Toth (2010) argues, in literature studies postmodernism has been declared dead since the 1980s.
In such a chaotic world, ‘instinct’, a personalised moral system and a reliance on the detective’s own emotions become necessary. As Kirsten Moana Thompson summarises in relation to irrational-subjective ﬁlm noir detectives, 26 American TV Detective Dramas the private eye is always intimately (and physically) involved in the action. First, the detective is often suspected of murder by the police and is subject to their repeated interrogations, as well as to beatings from the criminals he meets along the way.
This pessimist branch of modernism was inﬂuenced by the experience of the First World War and the way technology was being used for mass killings. In European art, this alienation and anxiety were expressed in arts movements like Dadaism, Surrealism, Cubism and Expressionism by artists like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braques, Marc Chagall, John Heartﬁeld, Hannah Höch and Edvard Munch. This avant-garde art perceives itself as counter-cultural and positioned away from mass-produced, ‘mainstream’, ‘low-brow’ fare (see Butler 2010, location 1557).
American TV Detective Dramas: Serial Investigations by Mareike Jenner