Summary Book Review Class and Culture in Crime Fiction by Julie H. Kim:
Download or read book Class and Culture in Crime Fiction written by Julie H. Kim and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2014-04-04 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The crime fiction world of the late 1970s, with its increasingly diverse landscape, is a natural beginning for this collection of critical studies focusing on the intersections of class, culture and crime—each nuanced with shades of gender, ethnicity, race and politics. The ten new essays herein raise broad and complicated questions about the role of class and culture in transatlantic crime fiction beyond the Golden Age: How is “class” understood in detective fiction, other than as a socioeconomic marker? Can we distinguish between major British and American class concerns as they relate to crime? How politically informed is popular detective fiction in responding to economic crises in Scotland, Ireland, England and the United States? When issues of race and gender intersect with concerns of class and culture, does the crime writer privilege one or another factor? Do values and preoccupations of a primarily middle-class readership get reflected in popular detective fiction?
Summary Book Review The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture by Alfred Bendixen:
Download or read book The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture written by Alfred Bendixen and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2017-06-26 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of essays by leading scholars insists on a larger recognition of the importance and diversity of crime fiction in U.S. literary traditions. Instead of presenting the genre as the property of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, this book maps a larger territory which includes the domains of Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy and other masters of fiction.The essays in this collection pay detailed attention to both the genuine artistry and the cultural significance of crime fiction in the United States. It emphasizes American crime fiction’s inquiry into the nature of democratic society and its exploration of injustices based on race, class, and/or gender that are specifically located in the details of American experience.Each of these essays exists on its own terms as a significant contribution to scholarship, but when brought together, the collection becomes larger than the sum of its pieces in detailing the centrality of crime fiction to American literature. This is a crucial book for all students of American fiction as well as for those interested in the literary treatment of crime and detection, and also has broad appeal for classes in American popular culture and American modernism.
Summary Book Review Crime Fiction and National Identities in the Global Age by Julie H. Kim:
Download or read book Crime Fiction and National Identities in the Global Age written by Julie H. Kim and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2020-05-05 with total page 269 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: To read a crime novel today largely simulates the exercise of reading newspapers or watching the news. The speed and frequency with which today's bestselling works of crime fiction are produced allow them to mirror and dissect nearly contemporaneous socio-political events and conflicts. This collection examines this phenomenon and offers original, critical, essays on how national identity appears in international crime fiction in the age of populism and globalization. These essays address topics such as the array of competing nationalisms in Europe; Indian secularism versus Hindu communalism; the populist rhetoric tinged with misogyny or homophobia in the United States; racial, religious or ethnic others who are sidelined in political appeals to dominant native voices; and the increasing economic chasm between a rich and poor. More broadly, these essays inquire into themes such as how national identity and various conceptions of masculinity are woven together, how dominant native cultures interact with migrant and colonized cultures to explore insider/outsider paradigms and identity politics, and how generic and cultural boundaries are repeatedly crossed in postcolonial detective fiction.
Summary Book Review New Perspectives on Detective Fiction by Casey Cothran:
Download or read book New Perspectives on Detective Fiction written by Casey Cothran and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-10-14 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection establishes new perspectives on the idea of mystery, as it is enacted and encoded in the genre of detective fiction. Essays reclaim detective fiction as an object of critical inquiry, examining the ways it shapes issues of social destabilization, moral ambiguity, reader complicity, intertextuality, and metafiction. Breaking new ground by moving beyond the critical preoccupation with classification of historical types and generic determinants, contributors examine the effect of mystery on literary forms and on readers, who experience the provocative, complex process of coming to grips with the unknown and the unknowable. This volume opens up discussion on publically acclaimed, modern works of mystery and on classic pieces, addressing a variety of forms including novels, plays, graphic novels, television series, films, and ipad games. Re-examining the interpretive potential of a genre that seems easily defined yet has endless permutations, the book closely analyzes the cultural function of mystery, the way it intervenes in social and political problems, as well as the literary properties that give the genre its particular shape. The volume treats various texts as meaningful subjects for critical analysis and sheds new light on the interpretive potential for a genre that creates as much ambiguity as it does clarity. Scholars of mystery and detective fiction, crime fiction, genre studies, and cultural studies will find this volume invaluable.
Summary Book Review The Contemporary American Crime Novel by Andrew Pepper:
Download or read book The Contemporary American Crime Novel written by Andrew Pepper and published by Psychology Press. This book was released on 2000 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As America's ethnic and racial character undergoes explosive transformation, its crime fictions trace, contest and celebrate the changes.The Contemporary American Crime Novelis an exciting book that offers a comprehensive review of recent developments in American crime fiction, exploring America's dynamic, fragmented multicultural landscape and how it has transformed the codes and conventions of the crime novel. Featured authors include James Ellroy, James Lee Burke, Sara Paretsky, Barbara Wilson, Chester Himes, Walter Mosley, Faye Kellerman, Alex Abella, and Chang-Rae Lee.
Summary Book Review A History of American Crime Fiction by Chris Raczkowski:
Download or read book A History of American Crime Fiction written by Chris Raczkowski and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2017-10-26 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A History of American Crime Fiction places crime fiction within a context of aesthetic practices and experiments, intellectual concerns, and historical debates generally reserved for canonical literary history. Toward that end, the book is divided into sections that reflect the periods that commonly organize American literary history, with chapters highlighting crime fiction's reciprocal relationships with early American literature, romanticism, realism, modernism and postmodernism. It surveys everything from 17th-century execution sermons, the detective fiction of Harriet Spofford and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, to the films of David Lynch, HBO's The Sopranos, and the podcast Serial, while engaging a wide variety of critical methods. As a result, this book expands crime fiction's significance beyond the boundaries of popular genres and explores the symbiosis between crime fiction and canonical literature that sustains and energizes both.
Author :Robert James Publisher :Manchester University Press Release Date :2013-07-19 ISBN 10 :9781847797551 Pages :288 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.9/5 (755 users download)
Summary Book Review Popular culture and working–class taste in Britain, 1930–39 by Robert James:
Download or read book Popular culture and working–class taste in Britain, 1930–39 written by Robert James and published by Manchester University Press. This book was released on 2013-07-19 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the relationship between class and culture in 1930s Britain. Focusing on the reading and cinema-going tastes of the working classes, Robert James’ landmark study combines rigorous historical analysis with a close textual reading of visual and written sources to appraise the role of popular leisure in this fascinating decade. Drawing on a wealth of original research, this lively and accessible book adds immeasurably to our knowledge of working-class leisure pursuits in this contentious period. It is a key intervention in the field, providing both an imaginative approach to the subject and an abundance of new material to analyse, thus making it an undergraduate and postgraduate ‘must-have’. It will be a particularly welcome addition for anyone interested in the fields of cultural and social history, as well as film, cultural and literary studies.
Summary Book Review Teaching Crime Fiction by Charlotte Beyer:
Download or read book Teaching Crime Fiction written by Charlotte Beyer and published by Springer. This book was released on 2018-07-18 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: More than perhaps any other genre, crime fiction invites debate over the role of popular fiction in English studies. This book offers lively original essays on teaching crime fiction written by experienced British and international scholar teachers, providing vital insight into this diverse genre through a series of compelling subjects. Taking its starting-point in pedagogical reflections and classroom experiences, the book explores methods for teaching students to develop their own critical perspectives as crime fiction critics, the impact of feminism, postcolonialism, and ecocriticism on crime fiction, crime fiction and film, the crime short story, postgraduate perspectives, and more.
Summary Book Review Western Crime Fiction Goes East by Boris Dralyuk:
Download or read book Western Crime Fiction Goes East written by Boris Dralyuk and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2012-09-06 with total page 196 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the staggering popularity of early-twentieth-century Russian detective serials, traditionally maligned as “Pinkertonovshchina,” and posits the “red Pinkerton” as a vital “missing link” between pre- and post-Revolutionary popular literature.
Summary Book Review Crime and Culture by René Lévy:
Download or read book Crime and Culture written by René Lévy and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-03-02 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Scholarly interest in the history of crime has grown dramatically in recent years and, because scholars associated with this work have relied on a broad social definition of crime which includes acts that are against the law as well as acts of social banditry and political rebellion, crime history has become a major aspect not only of social history, but also of cultural as well as legal studies. This collection explores how the history of crime provides a way to study time, place and culture. Adopting an international and interdisciplinary perspective to investigate the historical discourses of crime in Europe and the United States from the sixteenth to the late twentieth century, these original works provide new approaches to understanding the meaning of crime in modern western culture and underscore the new importance given to crime and criminal events in historical studies. Written by both well-known historians and younger scholars from across the globe, the essays reveal that there are important continuities in the history of crime and its representations in modern culture, despite particularities of time and place.
Summary Book Review American Crime Fiction by Peter Swirski:
Download or read book American Crime Fiction written by Peter Swirski and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-07-15 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Peter Swirski looks at American crime fiction as an artform that expresses and reflects the social and aesthetic values of its authors and readers. As such he documents the manifold ways in which such authorship and readership are a matter of informed literary choice and not of cultural brainwashing or declining literary standards. Asking, in effect, a series of questions about the nature of genre fiction as art, successive chapters look at American crime writers whose careers throw light on the hazards and rewards of nobrow traffic between popular forms and highbrow aesthetics: Dashiell Hammett, John Grisham, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, Nelson DeMille, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Summary Book Review The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman:
Download or read book The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction written by Martin Priestman and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2003-11-06 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This Companion covers British and American crime fiction from the eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth. As well as discussing the 'detective' fiction of writers like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, it considers other kinds of fiction where crime plays a substantial part, such as the thriller and spy fiction. It also includes chapters on the treatment of crime in the eighteenth-century literature, French and Victorian fiction, women and black detectives, crime on film and TV, police fiction and postmodernist uses of the detective form.
Author :Lucy Andrew Publisher :University of Wales Press Release Date :2013-04-15 ISBN 10 :9780708325872 Pages :208 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.2/5 (587 users download)
Summary Book Review Crime Fiction in the City by Lucy Andrew:
Download or read book Crime Fiction in the City written by Lucy Andrew and published by University of Wales Press. This book was released on 2013-04-15 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes expands upon previous studies of the urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city, a repository of authority, national identity and culture, within crime fiction. This wide-ranging collection looks at capital cities across Europe, from the more traditional centres of power - Paris, Rome and London - to Europe's most northern capital, Stockholm, and also considers the newly devolved capitals, Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The texts under consideration span the nineteenth-century city mysteries to contemporary populist crime fiction. The collection opens with a reflective essay by Ian Rankin and aims to inaugurate a dialogue between Anglophone and European crime writing; to explore the marginalised works of Irish and Welsh writers alongside established European crime writers and to interrogate the relationship between fact and fiction, creativity and criticism, within the crime genre.
Summary Book Review Women Writing Crime Fiction, 1860Ð1880 by Kate Watson:
Download or read book Women Writing Crime Fiction, 1860Ð1880 written by Kate Watson and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2012-05-07 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Arthur Conan Doyle has long been considered the greatest writer of crime fiction, and the gender bias of the genre has foregrounded William Godwin, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Émile Gaboriau and Fergus Hume. But earlier and significant contributions were being made by women in Britain, the United States and Australia between 1860 and 1880, a period that was central to the development of the genre. This work focuses on women writers of this genre and these years, including Catherine Crowe, Caroline Clive, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs. Henry (Ellen) Wood, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Louisa May Alcott, Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, Anna Katharine Green, Céleste de Chabrillan, “Oliné Keese” (Caroline Woolmer Leakey), Eliza Winstanley, Ellen Davitt, and Mary Helena Fortune—innovators who set a high standard for women writers to follow.
Summary Book Review Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction by Hofstra University:
Download or read book Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction written by Hofstra University and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 1997 with total page 202 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Essays that explore major theoretical viewpoints of the detective fiction genre and then apply those theories to the novels of Agatha Christie and her heirs in the British ratiocinative tradition.
Summary Book Review Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction by Lee Horsley:
Download or read book Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction written by Lee Horsley and published by OUP Oxford. This book was released on 2005-08-25 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction aims to enhance understanding of one of the most popular forms of genre fiction by examining a wide variety of the detective and crime fiction produced in Britain and America during the twentieth century. It will be of interest to anyone who enjoys reading crime fiction but is specifically designed with the needs of students in mind. It introduces different theoretical approaches to crime fiction (e.g., formalist, historicist, psychoanalytic, postcolonial, feminist) and will be a useful supplement to a range of crime fiction courses, whether they focus on historical contexts, ideological shifts, the emergence of sub-genres, or the application of critical theories. Forty-seven widely available stories and novels are chosen for detailed discussion. In seeking to illuminate the relationship between different phases of generic development Lee Horsley employs an overlapping historical framework, with sections doubling back chronologically in order to explore the extent to which successive transformations have their roots within the earlier phases of crime writing, as well as responding in complex ways to the preoccupations and anxieties of their own eras. The first part of the study considers the nature and evolution of the main sub-genres of crime fiction: the classic and hard-boiled strands of detective fiction, the non-investigative crime novel (centred on transgressors or victims), and the 'mixed' form of the police procedural. The second half of the study examines the ways in which writers have used crime fiction as a vehicle for socio-political critique. These chapters consider the evolution of committed, oppositional strategies, tracing the development of politicized detective and crime fiction, from Depression-era protests against economic injustice to more recent decades which have seen writers launching protests against ecological crimes, rampant consumerism, Reaganomics, racism, and sexism.
Summary Book Review Crime Fiction from a Professional Eye by Lili Pâquet:
Download or read book Crime Fiction from a Professional Eye written by Lili Pâquet and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-08-20 with total page 214 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: There is a new category of authors blurring the line between fiction and nonfiction: women who work or have worked in criminal justice--lawyers, police officers and forensic investigators--who publish crime fiction with characters that resemble real-life counterparts. Drawing on their professional experience, these writers present compelling portrayals of inequality and dysfunction in criminal justice systems from a feminist viewpoint. This book presents the first examination of the true-crime-infused fiction of authors like Dorothy Uhnak, Kathy Reichs and Linda Fairstein.