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“One Must Actually Take Facts as They Are”: Information Value and Information Behavior in the Miss Marple Novels

Title: “One Must Actually Take Facts as They Are”: Information Value and Information Behavior in the Miss Marple Novels.
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Name(s): Kazmer, Michelle M., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
Date Issued: 2016
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: One perspective not often brought to the study of detective fiction is that from the field of information science. Among other topics, information science is concerned with information behavior, or how people behave with respect to information: needing, seeking, accidentally encountering, avoiding, evaluating, storing and so forth. Examining the solving of a mystery as an information behavior has potential for insights into the genre and into our twenty-first century readings of detective fiction. Current audiences are accustomed to modern information technology and the information behaviors afforded by it: amateur sleuths hack computer systems or professional detectives analyze trace evidence for DNA. Highly technologized contemporary information environments leave us to ask: in what ways do the manipulation of information value, and the sophistication of the information behaviors, in novels written by Agatha Christie in the early- to mid-twentieth century, continue to enthrall readers in the twenty-first?
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1457717673 (IID)
Keywords: information worlds theory, information behavior, Agatha Christie, Miss Jane Marple
Publication Note: Editor of the volume in which the chapter appeared: J. C. Bernthal. Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, NC, USA).
Preferred Citation: Kazmer, Michelle M. (2016). "One Must Actually Take Facts as They Are": Information Value and Information Behavior in the Miss Marple Novels. In J. C. Bernthal (Ed.), The Ageless Agatha Christie: Essays on the Mysteries and the Legacy (pp. 114-129). Jefferson, NC, USA: McFarland.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1457717673
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: The Ageless Agatha Christie: Essays on the Mysteries and the Legacy.