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The humanistic aspect of Alexander McCall Smith’s African detective fiction

Published Online: 30 Dec 2016
Volume & Issue: Volume 8 (2016) - Issue 2 (December 2016)
Page range: 33 - 40
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2450-8497
ISSN
1337-9291
First Published
10 Jul 2014
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The text presents some of the unusual features of Alexander McCall Smith’s popular African detective stories, in which cultural elements convey humanity and thus lower tension, the characteristic sign of detective fiction. Culture, in particular the African collectivist culture included in the core of these stories, creates a milieu that enables the writer to avoid murders, which are usually basic conflict-conveying vehicles in this genre. Although McCall Smith’s African books contain the conventional formal elements of detective stories, they also display a very low level of tension together with other peculiarities. This text tries to compare the structure and elements of classic detective stories with those from McCall Smith’s books to disclose their true essence.

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