Aristotle's Poetics in Margaret Doody's Aristotle and poetic justice
CITATION: Pauw, F. 2010. Aristotle's Poetics in Margaret Doody's Aristotle and poetic justice. Acta Academica, 42(1):26-60.
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Canadian-born academic Margaret Doody has written several detective novels in which the philosopher Aristotle makes use of his investigative powers to solve murder mysteries. In Aristotle and poetic justice, Stephanos, a friend of Aristotle, narrates how Aristotle solved a double murder which had taken place on the road to Delphi. Doody's novel provides a convenient framework for a view on the Greek world of 330 BC and, incidentally, a new look at Aristotle's perception of Greek genres. This article focuses on both these topics, the latter through the lens of Aristotle's Poetics. In the body of the article, allusions to the Poetics introduced by Doody are examined and evaluated, using a modified version of Genette's scheme as criterion.