Yes, I have a previous post that is an exploration of a book outline. Now that the abstract is done, I can pull an abstract from its contents.
The investigator as a literary
figure is a contentious one. Born out of traditions established by Edgar Allan
Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (and tracing back to the Biblical Daniel and the story
of Bel and the Dragon, the first locked room mystery), the
investigator changed radically in 20th-century detective fiction--moving from
amateur to professional, investigator to criminal--and continues to change within the genre.
Without the investigator, without some figure fortified by curiosity
and determination, much of the work of HP Lovecraft would not have been
the HBO series True Detective, the investigator has evolved into
"artist-investigator." This term is most often used in
theater--and then only by a few groups--to describe an artist,
employed by a theater company, who pushes against theater's current
boundaries. Noteworthy is that the term is not used to describe an
epistemology of investigation or the figure employing that epistemology,
does the extant body of detective fiction criticism address the
artist-investigator as part
of its canon. These are critical omissions.
In this talk, a review of selected works by
Robert W. Chambers and HP Lovecraft through the lens of detective fiction
tropes and conventions, along with a discussion of True Detective, will show how the investigators in True Detective are a new
kind of character derived from atelier fiction, weird fiction, and detective
fiction. This new character, based on the aesthetics of crime and redemption,
pits the artistic sensibilities of the detective against those of the criminal.
This talk, by closely examining the above elements, sheds new light on the little-recognized figure of the
Deriving a rough outline from this:
Introduction: Tropes and conventions in detective fiction; the world of the investigator
Part I: The artist as investigator in Robert W. Chambers
Part II: The investigator as both artist and scientist in HP Lovecraft
Part III: The artist-investigator
Part IV: True Detective via Chambers and Lovecraft
That's very, very preliminary.