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‘Distorting the Genre, Defining the Audience, Detecting the Author: Richard Marsh’s “For Debt” (1902)’

Vuohelainen, M. (2007). ‘Distorting the Genre, Defining the Audience, Detecting the Author: Richard Marsh’s “For Debt” (1902)’. Clues: a journal of detection, 25(4), pp. 17-26.

Abstract

The author examines the turn-of-the-century debate over prison reform by closely analyzing Richard Marsh’s short story “For Debt” (1902). The story presents a powerful critique of imprisonment in a guise acceptable to Marsh’s lower-middle-class readership. By blurring the boundaries of fiction, prison autobiography, and investigative journalism, the story further highlights the entertainment value of these genres in the early 1900s.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2007 Heldref Publications.Vuohelainen, Minna. "Distorting the Genre, Defining the Audience, Detecting the Author: Richard Marsh’s 'For Debt' (1902)." Clues: A Journal of Detection 25.4 (2007): 17–26.
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19063
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