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Paradoxy of Modernism$
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Robert Scholes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108200

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001

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Formulaic Creativity: Simenon's Maigret Novels

Formulaic Creativity: Simenon's Maigret Novels

(p.195) 7 Formulaic Creativity: Simenon's Maigret Novels
Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Georges Simenon's Maigret novels. It discusses the relationship between formulaic patterns and creativity, looking especially at the early works, in which Simenon is adapting the more general formula of crime fiction to his own purposes. Simenon's Maigret fiction demonstrates that formulas and creativity may go together in the creation of durable literary works, and that popular fiction in the modern period reached a range of readers and deserves to be studied as a vital part of the modernist enterprise.

Keywords:   Georges Simenon, crime fiction, formulaic patterns, modernism, popular fiction

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