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Detective Fiction in a Post-Truth World: Eva Rossmann’s Patrioten

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA
Humanities 2020, 9(1), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010015
Received: 9 January 2020 / Revised: 26 January 2020 / Accepted: 30 January 2020 / Published: 5 February 2020
Detective fiction is known as a genre that is concerned with revealing truths, both in the fictional world of the text as well as in the society after which it is patterned. The current socio-political environment, however, has been described as an era of post-truth politics and political propaganda, in which truth is more often determined by the relative strength of its representation. While some contemporary crime novels continue to propagate a reassuring message of truth, select Austrian narratives reflect this new so-called post-truth world. Bringing together theories of detective fiction and post-truth discourse, this article demonstrates how Eva Rossmann’s 2017 crime novel Patrioten (Patriots) adapts the themes and structures of traditional detective narratives to expose a society in which certainty is determined less by objective facts than by their construction in the media and socio-political discourse. The analysis concludes that the novel’s thematic and formal innovations help to redefine the socio-critical potential of contemporary detective fiction by showing the imminent dangers of an unregulated post-truth society. View Full-Text
Keywords: detective and mystery stories; Austrian crime fiction; contemporary Austrian literature; Kriminalliteratur/deutsch; post-truth; truth; nationalism in literature 21st century; patriotism in literature 21st century detective and mystery stories; Austrian crime fiction; contemporary Austrian literature; Kriminalliteratur/deutsch; post-truth; truth; nationalism in literature 21st century; patriotism in literature 21st century
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McChesney, A. Detective Fiction in a Post-Truth World: Eva Rossmann’s Patrioten. Humanities 2020, 9, 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010015

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McChesney A. Detective Fiction in a Post-Truth World: Eva Rossmann’s Patrioten. Humanities. 2020; 9(1):15. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010015

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McChesney, Anita. 2020. "Detective Fiction in a Post-Truth World: Eva Rossmann’s Patrioten" Humanities 9, no. 1: 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9010015

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