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The Christian Parody in Sara Paretsky's Ghost Country (Critical Essay)

Mythlore 2008, Spring-Summer, 26, 3-4

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SARA PARETSKY IS KNOWN mainly for her novels about a Chicago private detective named V.I. (Victoria Iphigenia) Warshawski. Warshawski, as the narrator of her adventures, comments at one point: More specifically, her maternal grandfather was Jewish and her maternal grandmother was a Jewish convert ("Grace Notes," sec. 2); this would not make Warshawski a Jew by Orthodox standards, but it would by Reform standards-not that she is a practicing Jew, anyway. She has many Catholic relatives on her father's side (e.g., Killing Orders, Ch. 1, and Deadlock, Ch. 1). In another passage, Warshawski refers to herself as a "heathen" (Hard Time, Ch. 30). Finally, Warshawski at one point begins two consecutive sentences, "If there really was a god [...]" and "If there is a god [...]" (Blood Shot, Ch. 23). The second sounds agnostic; the first, atheistic. Perhaps it is significant that, in the standard authorial write-up in Contemporary Authors, Paretsky gives no religious affiliation for herself--but, in Total Recall (2001), the dedication is a prayer to "the One" (vii). (2)

The Christian Parody in Sara Paretsky's Ghost Country (Critical Essay)
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  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Published: 22 March 2008
  • Publisher: Mythopoeic Society
  • Print Length: 36 Pages
  • Language: English
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