Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

MA in English



First Advisor

Amy King

Second Advisor

Steven Mentz


The mundane depicts realness without dramatizing. We acknowledge how writers choose to illustrate their stories, emphasizing thematic content with conceptual individuals. We analyze how characters view the world and vice versa. I intend to highlight the subgenre: psychological realism- specifically- in detective fiction. Detectives cannot solve their inner desire. Their attachment to cases is due to gradual obsession. Coping mechanisms suppress this, leading to repetition. The purpose of the mode will help interpret the reasoning behind the intense interest. Authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Sherlock Holmes, and Walter Mosley provide an understanding of mindsets and desire in situations. I will compare each of their fictional detectives’ levels of engagement. Concepts surrounding identity crisis, internal and external conflict, and cinematic components are under inspection.