College of Arts and Sciences
Mystery Fiction, Christianity, Writing, Creative Writing
Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Fiction
Talalight, Ellie, "The Cross and the Crime Scene: The Convergence of Writing as a Christian and the Mystery Genre" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1308.
This creative thesis begins with a discussion of the different approaches to writing as a Christian. It describes the evangelistic approach, the integrative approach, and the thematic approach, which vary in the degree to which the author’s faith is explicitly or implicitly included. The thesis then focuses on the way Dorothy Sayers and G. K. Chesterton incorporated their faith into their mystery stories. It then includes excerpts from an original mystery novel. Finally, it considers the value and purpose of this project.