African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study

African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study

by Frankie Y. Bailey
     
 

The book describes the movement by African American authors from slave narratives and antebellum newspapers into fiction writing, and the subsequent developments of black genre fiction through the present. It analyzes works by modern African American mystery writers, focusing on sleuths, the social locations of crime, victims and offenders, the notion of "doing

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Overview

The book describes the movement by African American authors from slave narratives and antebellum newspapers into fiction writing, and the subsequent developments of black genre fiction through the present. It analyzes works by modern African American mystery writers, focusing on sleuths, the social locations of crime, victims and offenders, the notion of "doing justice," and the role of African American cultural vernacular in mystery fiction. A final section focuses on readers and reading, examining African American mystery writers' access to the marketplace and the issue of the "double audience" raised by earlier writers.

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Editorial Reviews

Mystery Scene
engagingly written...an important addition
Scarlet
Ms. Bailey's depth of knowledge on the subject is staggering
timesunion.com
"Frankie Bailey knows a thing or two about crime writing"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786433391
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/12/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Frankie Y. Bailey is an associate professor in the University at Albany's School of Criminal Justice. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and currently serves as the secretary and a director-at-large of the Board of Directors. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime and of Romance Writers of America.

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