Detecting Wimsey: Papers on Dorothy L. Sayers's Detective Fiction
By Nancy-Lou Patterson. Valleyhome Books, 2017.
Edited by Emily E. Auger and Janet Brennan Croft
ISBN Hardcover 978-1-987919-11-0; Softcover 978-1-987919-12-7; EPub 978-1-987919-13-4. Support authors and buy direct from Lulu or Kobo. Watch for Lulu's free shipping and other discount coupons.
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"This is a good book, over all. Patterson’s dependence on critical theory in some (not all) of the essays can lead her in odd but usually interesting directions. [...] it is a welcome thing to bring Patterson’s understandings of Sayers’s fiction into a handy collection. [...] and this will be a basic collection for full critical appreciation of Sayers’s mysteries."
——Excerpt from Review by Joe Christopher in Mythlore 36.2 (Spring/Summer 2018): 154-57.
Notice of Publication in the University of Waterloo Daily Bulletin (Tuesday, February 26, 2019)
Table of Contents
Abbreviations for Dorothy L. Sayers's Fiction
Introduction: Nancy-Lou Patterson's Wimsical Scholarship by Janet Brennan Croft
Transformations and Transgressions (with illustrations by Nancy-Lou Patterson)
1. "All Nerves and Nose": Lord Peter Wimsey as Wounded Healer in the Novels of Dorothy L. Sayers
2. "Changing, Fearfully Changing": Polarization and Transformation in Dorothy L. Sayers's Strong Poison
3. "Bloody Farce": Irony, Farce, and Mortality in Dorothy L. Sayers's Have His Carcase
4. "A Comedy of Masks": Lord Peter as Harlequin in Dorothy L. Sayers's Murder Must Advertise (with illustrations by Nancy-Lou Patterson)
5. "A Ring of Good Bells": Providence and Judgment in Dorothy L. Sayers's The Nine Tailors
6. "Beneath That Ancient Roof": The House as Symbol in Dorothy L. Sayers's Busman's Honeymoon (with illustrations by Nancy-Lou Patterson)
7. "Eve's Sharp Apple": Five Transgressing Women in the Novels of Dorothy L. Sayers
8. "The Perilous Synthesis": Sacred and Profane Love in Dorothy L. Sayers's Thrones, Dominations
Reflections (with illustration by Nancy-Lou Patterson)
9. Even the Parrot Knows Better Than to Eat the Peel: Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) Writes for Children
10. "A Bloomsbury Blue-Stocking": Dorothy L. Sayers's Bloomsbury Years in Their Spatial and Temporal Context
11. Images of Judaism and Anti-Semitism in the Novels of Dorothy L. Sayers
12. "Cat o' Mary": The Spirituality of Dorothy L. Sayers
13. Why We Honor the Centenary of Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957)
Appendix: A Supplemental List of Works By and About Dorothy L. Sayers by Janet Brennan Croft
"Dorothy L. Sayers" Illustration by Nancy-Lou Patterson (1993)