A Companion to Crime Fiction / Edition 1

A Companion to Crime Fiction / Edition 1

by Charles J. Rzepka
     
 

This cutting edge Companion brings together a series of forty-seven original essays from some of the world’s leading authorities to provide the definitive guide to crime fiction from its origins in the eighteenth century to its phenomenal present day popularity  

Part one of the volume follows the development of crime fiction over the last three

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Overview

This cutting edge Companion brings together a series of forty-seven original essays from some of the world’s leading authorities to provide the definitive guide to crime fiction from its origins in the eighteenth century to its phenomenal present day popularity  

Part one of the volume follows the development of crime fiction over the last three centuries, examining the traditions and conventions of the genre, as well as its cultural and social contexts, before moving on, in part two, to explore the different types of genres and subgenres that have emerged. The final chapters profile twenty of the most significant crime writers and film makers – from William Godwin to Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie to Martin Scorsese – examining the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405167659
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #108
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Introduction: What Is Crime Fiction? 1
Charles J. Rzepka

Part I History, Criticism, Culture 11

1 From The Newgate Calendar to Sherlock Holmes 13
Heather Worthington

2 From Sherlock Holmes to the Present 28
Lee Horsley

3 Criticism and Theory 43
Heta Pyrhönen

4 Crime and the Mass Media 57
Alain Silver and James Ursini

5 Crime Fiction and the Literary Canon 76
Joel Black

Part II Genre of a Thousand Faces 91

6 The Newgate Novel and the Police Casebook 93
Lauren Gillingham

7 From Sensation to the Strand 105
Christopher Pittard

8 The “Classical” Model of the Golden Age 117
Susan Rowland

9 Early American Crime Fiction: Origins to Urban Gothic 128
Alexander Moudrov

10 The “Hard-boiled” Genre 140
Andrew Pepper

11 The Pursuit of Crime: Characters in Crime Fiction 152
Carl Malmgren

12 Crime, Forensics, and Modern Science 164
Sarah Dauncey

13 The Police Novel 175
Peter Messent

14 Noir and the Psycho Thriller 187
Philip Simpson

15 True Crime 198
David Schmid

16 Gangs and Mobs 210
Jonathan Munby

17 Historical Crime and Detection 222
Ray B. Browne

18 Crime and the Spy Genre 233
David Seed

19 Crime and the Gothic 245
Catherine Spooner

20 Feminist Crime Fiction and Female Sleuths 258
Adrienne E. Gavin

21 African-American Detection and Crime Fiction 270
Frankie Bailey

22 Ethnic Postcolonial Crime and Detection (Anglophone) 283
Ed Christian

23 Crime Writing in Other Languages 296
Sue Neale

24 Postmodern and Metaphysical Detection 308
Patricia Merivale

25 Crime and Detective Literature for Young Readers 321
Christopher Routledge

26 Crime in Comics and the Graphic Novel 332
Arthur Fried

27 Criminal Investigation on Film 344
Philippa Gates

Part III Artists at Work 357

Fiction 359

28 William Godwin (1756–1836) 361
Philip Shaw

29 Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) 369
Maurice S. Lee

30 Wilkie Collins (1824–1889) 381
Andrew Mangham

31 Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) 390
John A. Hodgson

32 Raymond Chandler (1888–1959) 403
Leroy Lad Panek

33 Agatha Christie (1890–1976) 415
Merja Makinen

34 James M. Cain (1892–1977) 427
William Marling

35 Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) 438
Esme Miskimmin

36 Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961) 450
Jasmine Yong Hall

37 Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) 462
Alicia Borinsky

38 Chester Himes (1909–1984) 475
Stephen Soitos

39 David Goodis (1917–1967) 487
David Schmid

40 P. D. James (1920–) 495
Louise Harrington

41 Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) 503
Bran Nicol

42 Elmore Leonard (1925–) 510
Charles J. Rzepka

43 Sara Paretsky (1947–) 523
Malcah Effron

44 Walter Mosley (1952–) 531
John Gruesser

Film 539

45 Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980) 541
Nick Haeffner

46 Martin Scorsese (1942–) 553
Mark Desmond Nicholls

47 John Woo (1946–) 562
Karen Fang

Conclusion 570
Charles J. Rzepka and Lee Horsley

References 574

Index 599

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