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Crime Fiction : New Critical Idiom Series - John Scaggs

Crime Fiction

New Critical Idiom Series

Paperback Published: 14th January 2005
ISBN: 9780415318242
Number Of Pages: 170

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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.

'Crime Fiction presents a digestible yet highly informative and intricate analysis of the genre. It is a valuable resourse for mystery and detective aficionados in addition to scholars' - Amy C. Branman, In-between

Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
A Chronology of Crimep. 7
Early Crime Narrativesp. 7
Crime Stories as Cautionary Talesp. 13
Crime Fiction and Policingp. 17
The Golden Age to the Presentp. 26
Mystery and Detective Fictionp. 33
Retracing the Steps: The Origins of Mystery Fictionp. 33
Reasoning Machines: The Figure of the Amateur Detectivep. 39
Escalating Crimes: From Purloined Letters to Murderp. 43
Maintaining Social Order and the Status Quop. 46
Settings and Sub-Genresp. 50
The Hard-Boiled Modep. 55
Murder for a Reason: Origins and Developmentp. 55
A Shop-Soiled Galahad: The Private Eye Herop. 58
Last Chances and New Beginnings: The Myth of the Frontierp. 64
Mean Streets and Urban Decay: Modernity and the Cityp. 70
Fallen Angels: Appropriation of the Hard-Boiled Modep. 77
The Police Proceduralp. 85
Thin Blue Lines: Fiction as Ideological State Apparatusp. 85
Private Eye to Public Eye: The Development of the Proceduralp. 87
Textual Investigations: Characteristics of the Proceduralp. 91
Social Placebo: The Magic Bullet of Procedural Reassurancep. 98
Arrested Developments: Appropriations of the Proceduralp. 100
The Crime Thrillerp. 105
Outlining the Crime Thrillerp. 105
The Noir Thrillerp. 108
The Anti-Conspiracy Thrillerp. 117
Historical Crime Fictionp. 122
Writing History and Interpreting the Pastp. 122
Crime, History, and Realismp. 125
The Case of The Name of the Rosep. 135
Postmodernism and the Anti-Detective Novelp. 139
Glossaryp. 144
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 149
Select Bibliographyp. 151
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ISBN: 9780415318242
ISBN-10: 0415318246
Series: New Critical Idiom (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 14th January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1