Crime Fiction

ISBN-10: 0415318246
ISBN-13: 9780415318242
Edition: 2004
Authors: John Scaggs
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Description: Crime Fictionprovides 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Crime Fictionprovides 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.

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Chronology of Crime
Early Crime Narratives
Crime Stories as Cautionary Tales
Crime Fiction and Policing
The Golden Age to the Present
Mystery and Detective Fiction
Retracing the Steps: The Origins of Mystery Fiction
Reasoning Machines: The Figure of the Amateur Detective
Escalating Crimes: From Purloined Letters to Murder
Maintaining Social Order and the Status Quo
Settings and Sub-Genres
The Hard-Boiled Mode
Murder for a Reason: Origins and Development
A Shop-Soiled Galahad: The Private Eye Hero
Last Chances and New Beginnings: The Myth of the Frontier
Mean Streets and Urban Decay: Modernity and the City
Fallen Angels: Appropriation of the Hard-Boiled Mode
The Police Procedural
Thin Blue Lines: Fiction as Ideological State Apparatus
Private Eye to Public Eye: The Development of the Procedural
Textual Investigations: Characteristics of the Procedural
Social Placebo: The Magic Bullet of Procedural Reassurance
Arrested Developments: Appropriations of the Procedural
The Crime Thriller
Outlining the Crime Thriller
The Noir Thriller
The Anti-Conspiracy Thriller
Historical Crime Fiction
Writing History and Interpreting the Past
Crime, History, and Realism
The Case of The Name of the Rose
Postmodernism and the Anti-Detective Novel
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
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