The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

by Catherine Ross Nickerson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521136067

ISBN-13: 9780521136068

Pub. Date: 10/01/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From the execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programs like The Wire and The Sopranos, crime writing has played an important role in American culture. Its ability to register fear, desire and anxiety has made it a popular genre with a wide audience. These new essays, written for students as well as readers of crime fiction, demonstrate the very best

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From the execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programs like The Wire and The Sopranos, crime writing has played an important role in American culture. Its ability to register fear, desire and anxiety has made it a popular genre with a wide audience. These new essays, written for students as well as readers of crime fiction, demonstrate the very best in contemporary scholarship and challenge long-established notions of the development of the detective novel. Each chapter covers a sub-genre, from ‘true crime' to hard-boiled novels, illustrating the ways in which ‘popular' and ‘high' literary genres influence and shape each other. With a chronology and guide to further reading, the Companion is a helpful guide for students of American literature and readers of crime fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521136068
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; 1. Introduction Catherine Ross Nickerson; 2. Early crime writing Sara Crosby; 3. Poe and the origins of detective fiction Stephen Rachman; 4. Women writers before 1960 Catherine Ross Nickerson; 5. The hard-boiled novel Sean McCann; 6. The American Roman Noir Andrew Pepper; 7. Teenage detectives and teenage delinquents Ilana Nash; 8. The American spy novel David Seed; 9. Police procedurals in literature and on television Eddy Von Mueller; 10. Mafia stories and the US gangster Fred L. Gardaphe; 11. True crime Laura Browder; 12. Race and American crime fiction Maureen T. Reddy; 13. Feminist crime fiction Margaret Kinsman; 14. Crime and post-modern fiction Susan Elizabeth Sweeney; American crime fiction: a chronology; Guide to reading; Index.

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