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Title:From Minor Literature to Neoliberal Noir: The Detective Novels of Sergej Verc
Authors:ID Mlačnik, Primož (Author)
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Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:In this article, we analyze the politics of representation in the detective tetralogy (1991-2009) of the late Slovenian and Triestinian writer Sergej Verč. Addressing several aspects of Verč’s primary literary semiotic device of schizophrenia, we trace a simultaneous literary and chronological shift from minor literature to neoliberal noir. We expose the fundamental representational ambiguity by analyzing the detective triad (murder-victim-criminal), the fetishization of detective clues, the erotization of detection, and the underlying binary oppositions. Verč’s detective novels critique the Slovenian capitalist transition but also reproduce culturally conservative representations of gender, sexuality, and family.
Keywords:Slovenian Literature, Sergej Verč, Minor Literature, Neoliberal Noir, Trieste, De(mythologization), Schizophrenia, Politics of Representation, Detective Novels, Critique of Capitalism, Cultural Conservatism
Publication version:Version of Record
Year of publishing:2022
Number of pages:77-92
Numbering:43, Contemporary Eastern/ Southeastern European Noir
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-7782 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:133939971 New window
DOI:10.24193/cechinox.2022.43.04 New window
Publication date in RUNG:15.12.2022
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Title:Caietele Echinox
Year of publishing:2022


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