Narratives of murder and knowledge: Pellegrino Artusi and Dante Alighieri as sleuths

Mirna Cicioni

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Using McHale's notions of "epistemological" and "ontological" dominants, this article analyzes three historical crime novels that have real historical characters as their protagonist: Marco Malvaldi's Odore di chiuso (2011), featuring Pellegrino Artusi as the detective, and Giulio Leoni's I delitti del mosaico (2004) and La crociata delle tenebre (2007), with Dante Alighieri as the sleuth. The article shows how the hybridization of crime fiction, history, and biography may be a fertile ground for the representation of the different ways of "knowing" in their respective historical periods and the construction of a dialogue between past and present constructed around depictions of social and political diversity, language issues, and ideas of "Italy.".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-71
Number of pages17
JournalQuaderni D Italianistica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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