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. ISSN 0742-4248 DOI https://doi.org/10.3200/CLUS.25.4.17-26

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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-middleclass 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bernard Heldmann, Richard Marsh, prison narrative, prison reform
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 13:34
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/110

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