Critical Insights: Crime & Detective Fiction, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1429838388
  • ISBN-13: 9781429838382
  • DDC: 809.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 294 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released September 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Among the most popular of literary forms, crime fiction has played a central role in the development of national literatures for more than a century. This volume examines practices of crime writing in American literature and in regions as far and wide as China, Japan, and Scandinavia. Readers will appreciate familiar authors in the genre, such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler, as well as important new additions.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
On Crime and Detective Fiction: Perversities and Pleasures of the Texts.
Critical Contexts.
1: From Mean Streets to the Imagined World: The Development of Detective Fiction.
2: “Your Sin Will Find You Out”: Critical Perceptions of Mystery Fiction.
3: From “The Case of the Pressed Flowers” to the Serial Killer's Torture Chamber: The Use and Function of Crime Fiction Subgenres in Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
4: A Comparative Assessment: Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure Man Dies, Chester Himes's Blind Man with a Pistol, and Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo.
Critical Readings.
5: Five Hundred Years of Chinese Crime Fiction.
6: Assimilation, Innovation, and Dissemination: Detective Fiction in Japan and East Asia.
7: Latin American Crime Fiction.
8: Criminal Welfare States, Social Consciousness, and Critique in Scandinavian Crime Novels.
9: From “Hard-Boiled” Detective to “Fallen Man”: The Literary Lineage and Postwar Emergence of Film Noir.
10: The Metaphysical Detective Story.
11: Native American Detective Fiction.
12: American Crime Fiction Readers and the 3 Percent Problem.
Additional Works on Crime and Detective Fiction.
About the Editor.