Crime Fiction

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Psychology Press, 2005 - 170 Seiten

Crime Fiction provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide-ranging and hugely popular literary genre. Using examples from a variety of novels, short stories, films and televisions series, John Scaggs:

  • presents a concise history of crime fiction - from biblical narratives to James Ellroy - broadening the genre to include revenge tragedy and the gothic novel
  • explores the key sub-genres of crime fiction, such as 'Rational Criminal Investigation', The Hard-Boiled Mode', 'The Police Procedural' and 'Historical Crime Fiction'
  • locates texts and their recurring themes and motifs in a wider social and historical context
  • outlines the various critical concepts that are central to the study of crime fiction, including gender, narrative theory and film theory
  • considers contemporary television series like C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation alongside the 'classic' whodunnits of Agatha Christie.

Accessible and clear, this comprehensive overview is the essential guide for all those studying crime fiction and concludes with a look at future directions for the genre in the twentieth-first century.

 

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Introduction
1
A Chronology of Crime
7
Crime Stories as Cautionary Tales
13
Crime Fiction and Policing
17
The Golden Age to the Present
26
Mystery and Detective Fiction
33
The Figure of the Amateur Detective
39
From Purloined Letters to Murder
43
The Development of the Procedural
87
Characteristics of the Procedural
91
The Magic Bullet of Procedural Reassurance
98
Appropriations of the Procedural
100
The Crime Thriller
105
The Noir Thriller
108
The AntiConspiracy Thriller
117
Historical Crime Fiction
122

Maintaining Social Order and the Status Quo
46
Settings and SubGenres
50
The HardBoiled Mode
55
The Private Eye Hero
58
The Myth of the Frontier
64
Modernity and the City
70
Appropriation of the HardBoiled Mode
77
The Police Procedural
85
Crime History and Realism
125
The Case of The Name of the Rose
135
Postmodernism and the AntiDetective Novel
139
GLOSSARY
144
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
149
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
151
INDEX
166
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Über den Autor (2005)

John Scaggs is a Lecturer in the Department of English at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland. His research interests include Modern Fiction, with a particular emphasis on crime fiction and revenge tragedy, the Gothic and Literary Theory.

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