Talking about Detective Fiction

Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P.D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has ...

Talking about Detective Fiction

Author: P. D. James

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781851243099

Page: 160

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To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P.D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for more than fifty years as a novelist.From the tenant of 221b Baker Street to the Village Priest from Cubhole in Essex, from the Golden Age of detective writing between the wars to the achievements of the present and a glimpse at the future, P.D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel.Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.

Diversity and Detective Fiction

The distinguishing characteristic of the book is its mix of essays focusing on teaching cultural diversity in the classroom and illustrating diversity through fiction to the general readers."--BOOK JACKET.

Diversity and Detective Fiction

Author: Kathleen Gregory Klein

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879727963

Page: 262

View: 173

The distinguishing characteristic of the book is its mix of essays focusing on teaching cultural diversity in the classroom and illustrating diversity through fiction to the general readers."--BOOK JACKET.

The Foreign in International Crime Fiction

Reading texts from across the world, this book examines the depiction of ‘the foreigner' in popular 20th and 21st century crime writing.

The Foreign in International Crime Fiction

Author: Jean Anderson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441128174

Page: 256

View: 357

Reading texts from across the world, this book examines the depiction of ‘the foreigner' in popular 20th and 21st century crime writing.

Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction

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.

Theory and Practice of Classic Detective Fiction

Author: Hofstra University

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313304620

Page: 202

View: 891

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.

An Introduction to the Detective Story

This book is a no-apologies introduction to Detective Fiction.

An Introduction to the Detective Story

Author: LeRoy Panek

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879723781

Page: 214

View: 443

This book is a no-apologies introduction to Detective Fiction. It's written in an aggressive, modern English well-suited to a genre which has traditionally broken ground in terms of aggressive writing, contemporary scenarios, and tough dialogue.

Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World

Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and truth that arise in postcolonial and ...

Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World

Author: Nels Pearson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317151968

Page: 224

View: 834

Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and truth that arise in postcolonial and transnational communities. While detective fiction has been linked to imperialism and constructions of race from its earliest origins, recent developments signal the evolution of the genre into a potent framework for narrating the complexities of identity, citizenship, and justice in a postcolonial world. Among the authors considered are Vikram Chandra, Gabriel García Márquez, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick Chamoiseau, Mario Vargas Llosa, Suki Kim, and Walter Mosley. The essays explore detective stories set in Latin America, the Caribbean, India, and North America, including novels that view the American metropolis from the point of view of Asian American, African American, or Latino characters. Offering ten new and original essays by scholars in the field, this volume highlights the diverse employment of detective fictions internationally, and uncovers important political and historical subtexts of popular crime novels.

Questions of Identity in Detective Fiction

With essays by an international group of scholars, this title examines how the genre both mirrors and focuses the personal/sexual/ethnic/spiritual, how it interfaces with national literatures and histories, and how the generic identity of ...

Questions of Identity in Detective Fiction

Author: Linda Martz

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN:

Page: 219

View: 655

With essays by an international group of scholars, this title examines how the genre both mirrors and focuses the personal/sexual/ethnic/spiritual, how it interfaces with national literatures and histories, and how the generic identity of detective fiction has evolved over time.

Crime Fiction

Since the mid-19th century crime fiction has been one of the most popular sub-genres of the novel. In this Very Short Introduction, Richard Bradford explores its origins and the features that define its varied style.

Crime Fiction

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199658781

Page: 144

View: 955

"Tells the story of the developing genre of crime fiction, from its 18th century origins in Britain to its contemporary international scope. Ranging from drawing-room murder mysteries to spy fiction, legal dramas, and thrillers, Bradford explores the conventions of the genre, and considers how crime writers have worked to escape the limitations it places on them."--Front flap.

A Companion to Crime Fiction

A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the ...

A Companion to Crime Fiction

Author: Charles J. Rzepka

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119675774

Page: 552

View: 954

A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the globe make this Companion the definitive guide to crime fiction Follows the development of the genre from its origins in the eighteenth century through to its phenomenal present day popularity Features full-length critical essays on the most significant authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field Includes extensive references to the most up-to-date scholarship, and a comprehensive bibliography

Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction

Entries on the life and work of seventy-five writers from Margery Allingham, Raymond Chandler, and Amanda Cross to P.D. James, John D. MacDonald, Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen, and Georges Simenon appear.

Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction

Author: J. Randolph Cox

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 281

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For more than a century, the mystery and detective story has been among the most popular forms of fiction in bookstores and libraries. Some writers (Edgar Allan Poe or Dashiell Hammett, for example) have attracted a considerable body of critical response; others have been the focus of less scrutiny. This bibliography is intended for the student, general reader, or mystery buff who needs some basic information about the mystery genre and its representative authors. Selective, rather than exhaustive, it serves as an introduction. Entries on the life and work of seventy-five writers from Margery Allingham, Raymond Chandler, and Amanda Cross to P.D. James, John D. MacDonald, Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen, and Georges Simenon appear.

Detective Fiction in Cuban Society and Culture

This book examines Cuban society through a study of its detective fiction and more particularly contemporary Cuban society through the novels of the author and critic, Leonardo Padura Fuentes.

Detective Fiction in Cuban Society and Culture

Author: Stephen Wilkinson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039106981

Page: 315

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This book examines Cuban society through a study of its detective fiction and more particularly contemporary Cuban society through the novels of the author and critic, Leonardo Padura Fuentes. The author traces the development of Cuban detective writing in the light of the work of twentieth century Western European literary critics and philosophers including Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci, Terry Eagleton, Roland Barthes, Jean Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Jean François Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard in order to gain a better understanding of the social and historical context in which this genre emerged. The analysis includes discussion of the broader philosophical, political and historical issues raised by the Cuban revolution. The book concludes that the study of this popular genre in Cuba is of crucial importance to the scholar who wishes to reach as full an understanding of the social dynamics within that society as possible.

The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

This Companion examines the range of American crime fiction from execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programmes like The Sopranos.

The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

Author: Catherine Ross Nickerson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521136067

Page: 190

View: 951

Examines the range of American crime fiction from execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programmes like The Sopranos.

Early German and Austrian Detective Fiction

Each story is preceded by a biographical sketch of the author, and a general introduction which covers the literary development of the genre and examines the critical history and the sociohistorical value of the German-language stories.

Early German and Austrian Detective Fiction

Author: Mary W. Tannert

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786432594

Page: 244

View: 475

Includes parts of six translated detective novels and novellas originally published between 1828 and 1909. Each story is preceded by a biographical sketch of the author, and a general introduction which covers the literary development of the genre and examines the critical history and the sociohistorical value of the German-language stories.

Detection Its Designs

But, as Peter Thoms argues in his investigation of some of the most important texts in the development of detective fiction in the nineteenth century, the very works that establish the genre's formulaic structure also subvert that structure ...

Detection   Its Designs

Author: Peter Thoms

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 082141223X

Page: 176

View: 838

Detective fiction is usually thought of as genre fiction, a vast group of works bound together by their use of a common formula. But, as Peter Thoms argues in his investigation of some of the most important texts in the development of detective fiction in the nineteenth century, the very works that establish the genre's formulaic structure also subvert that structure. Detection and Its Designs reads early detective fiction as a self-conscious form that is suspicious of the detective it ostensibly celebrates, and critical of the authorial power he wields in attempting to reconstruct the past and script a narrative of the crime. In readings of Godwin's Caleb Williams, Poe's Dupin stories, Dickens's Bleak House, Collins's The Moonstone, and Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Thoms argues that the detective's figurative writing emerges out of a desire to exert control over others and sometimes over himself. Detection and Its Designs demonstrates that, far from being a naïve form, early detective fiction grapples with the medium of storytelling itself. To pursue these inward-turning fictions is to uncover the detective's motives of controlling the representation of both himself and others, a discovery that in turn significantly undermines the authority of his solutions.

Key Concepts in Crime Fiction

The volume explores the contemporary anxieties to which crime fiction responds, along with society's changing conceptions of crime and criminality. The book covers texts, contexts and criticism in an accessible and user-friendly format.

Key Concepts in Crime Fiction

Author: Heather Worthington

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 023034433X

Page: 240

View: 494

An insight into a popular yet complex genre that has developed over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The volume explores the contemporary anxieties to which crime fiction responds, along with society's changing conceptions of crime and criminality. The book covers texts, contexts and criticism in an accessible and user-friendly format.

Anatomy of Murder

Mystery fiction takes place in a centered world, one whose most distinctive characteristic is motivation (of behavior and signs).

Anatomy of Murder

Author: Carl Darryl Malmgren

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879728427

Page: 210

View: 473

Mystery fiction takes place in a centered world, one whose most distinctive characteristic is motivation (of behavior and signs). Built on a faith in foundations, it insists upon the solidity of social life, the validity of social conventions, and the sanctity of signs. Mystery assures us that motives exist for both words and deeds.".

Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Detective Fiction

This volume presents a compilation of 11 critical essays on genero negro--contemporary detective fiction in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian canon.

Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Detective Fiction

Author: Renée W. Craig-Odders

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786424265

Page: 236

View: 206

"This volume presents a compilation of 12 critical essays on genero negro. The first section of the book is dedicated to the detective fiction of Spain and Portugal. The second section surveys works from Latin America and the United States, where topicst

Detecting Texts

As the contributors to Detecting Texts contend, such stories belong to a distinct genre, the "metaphysical detective story," in which the detective hero's inability to interpret the mystery inevitably casts doubt on the reader's similar ...

Detecting Texts

Author: Patricia Merivale

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812205456

Page: 320

View: 953

Although readers of detective fiction ordinarily expect to learn the mystery's solution at the end, there is another kind of detective story—the history of which encompasses writers as diverse as Poe, Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Auster, and Stephen King—that ends with a question rather than an answer. The detective not only fails to solve the crime, but also confronts insoluble mysteries of interpretation and identity. As the contributors to Detecting Texts contend, such stories belong to a distinct genre, the "metaphysical detective story," in which the detective hero's inability to interpret the mystery inevitably casts doubt on the reader's similar attempt to make sense of the text and the world. Detecting Texts includes an introduction by the editors that defines the metaphysical detective story and traces its history from Poe's classic tales to today's postmodernist experiments. In addition to the editors, contributors include Stephen Bernstein, Joel Black, John T. Irwin, Jeffrey T. Nealon, and others.