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By Maurizio Ascari
This ebook takes a glance on the evolution of crime fiction. contemplating 'criminography' as a procedure of inter-related sub-genres, it explores the connections among modes of literature similar to revenge tragedies, the gothic and anarchist fiction, whereas taking into consideration the impact of pseudo-sciences corresponding to mesmerism and felony anthropology.
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58 Significantly, Laws, rather than God, are mentioned here, emphasising the secular – rather than the religious – basis of morality, as is apparent also in the accompanying verses: Such is the folly, such the Fate Attendant on dishonest Schemes, That Villains ever find, too late, An End to their delusive Dreams. ’59 Virtue leads to peace, not to heaven, while crime leads to death, not to hell. These words can be regarded as synonyms, but the shift from the supernatural to the mundane is undeniable.
Moreover, the idea of divine detection was coherent with the ideological framework of Christianity which conceived truth as the fruit of revelation rather than as the result of a process. 4 In other words, I wish to analyse how literature supported a system of beliefs that tended to infuse people with a terror of God’s wrath, inducing them to internalise the law. Dreams and detection As the English proverb ‘Murder will out’ illustrates, in the Middle Ages – according to popular belief – the primary agent of detection was divine providence.
59 Virtue leads to peace, not to heaven, while crime leads to death, not to hell. These words can be regarded as synonyms, but the shift from the supernatural to the mundane is undeniable. The same can be said of the frontispiece, where a mother hands the Calendar to her child who is pointing to a gibbet that can be seen in the distance through a window. The admonitory/exemplary value of the volume is thus underlined, but the scene does not reveal any sign pointing to the presence of God, while behind mother and son four statues are shown, bearing the attributes and names of Justice, Wisdom, Temperance and Fortitude.