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Crime Culture : Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film - B;Pulham,P;McNulty,E Nicol

Crime Culture

Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film

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`This exciting collection of essays discusses a wide variety of subjects---including film noir, violence and gender, crime fictions, the hit man, and true crime---under the heading of "Crime culture", a concept that is both original and thought-provoking. This cutting-edge volume is essential reading for anyone interested in crime narratives.' David F. Schmid, Associate Professor, Department of English, University at Buffalo, USA

Traditionally, cultural depictions of crime have been approached in terms of familiar genres or modes, such as classic English detective fiction, the American `hard-boiled' crime novel, or the gangster movie.

Rather than assessing `crime fiction' or `crime film', Crime Culture is about crime in fiction and film. The collection brings together an international group of leading academics from the fields of literary, film and cultural studies to examine how criminality becomes a trope through which wider social, cultural and political processes can be understood. Contributors analyze crime in non-generic texts by J. G. Ballard and Kazuo Ishiguro and recent films such as Disturbia or Catch Me If You Can; offer a fresh examination of established genres and modes, such as mystery fiction and noir; place previously analysed crime texts such as Highsmith's `Ripley' series or Orson Welles's Touch of Evil in radically different contexts; apply new theoretical perspectives (e.g. drawing on the work of Baudrillard and Kristeva) to the question of criminality; and provide groundbreaking analyses of representative figures of crime: the `conceptual' criminal, the killer-boy, the hitman, the conman, and the killer-neighbour.

This exciting collection of essays discusses a wide variety of subjects including film noir, violence and gender, crime fictions, the hit man, and true crime under the heading of 'crime culture, ' a concept that is both original and thought-provoking. This cutting-edge volume is essential reading for anyone interested in crime narratives.--Sanford Lakoff

Acknowledgements; Contributors; Introduction: Crime Culture and Modernity Bran Nicol, Patricia Pulham, Eugene McNulty; Part 1 Breaking Boundaries: Games, Art & the Image; Playing Dead: Crime as a Social System Mark Seltzer; Psychopathology as a Game: J.G. Ballard and Conceptual Crime Benjamin Noys; Crime, Abjection, Transgression and the Image John Lechte; Part 2: Revisiting Noir; The Female Side of Crime:Film Noir's Femme Fatale and The Dark Side of Modernity Elisabeth Bronfen; Post-war American Noir: Confronting Fordism Andrew Pepper; Part 3: Vixens and Victims: Criminal Femininities; Dead Dolls and Deadly Dames: The Cover Girls of American True Crime Publishing Lee Horsley; Contemporary African American Women's Crime and Mystery Novels Linden Peach; Part 4: Angels of Death: Criminal Masculinities; Killer Boys: Male Friendship and Criminality in The Butcher Boy, Elephant and Boy A Paraic Finnerty; The Angel of Death: Targetting the Hitman Andrew Spicer; Part 5: Reading the Criminal Other; Risk Management: Frank Abagnale, Jr. and the Shadowing of Pleasure Christopher Wilson; Police Thy Neighbour: Crime Culture and the Rear Window Paradigm Bran Nicol; Index.

ISBN: 9780826432353
ISBN-10: 0826432352
Series: Continuum Literary Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 20th January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1