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Crime Scene Spain: Essays on Post-Franco Crime Fiction

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This essay collection examines the changing cultural, political and physical landscape of Spain as represented in Spanish crime fiction of the last three decades. The first several essays focus on crime fiction set in Barcelona and look at, among other topics, the symbiotic relationship between the city and the detective in Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma's long-running Inspector Mendez series; Manuel Vazquez Montalban's treatments of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games; and place and identity in Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett's ...

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Overview

This essay collection examines the changing cultural, political and physical landscape of Spain as represented in Spanish crime fiction of the last three decades. The first several essays focus on crime fiction set in Barcelona and look at, among other topics, the symbiotic relationship between the city and the detective in Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma's long-running Inspector Mendez series; Manuel Vazquez Montalban's treatments of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games; and place and identity in Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett's Petra Delicado series. Other essays examine regional and cultural illiteracy in Jorge Martinez Reverte's Galvez series and Spain's changing urban centers as represented in Andreu Martin's El blues de la semana mas negra.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786441570
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Renée W. Craig-Odders is professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The author of several articles and books on Spanish detective fiction, she lives in Plover, Wisconsin. Jacky Collins is a senior lecturer in Spanish Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Renée W. Craig-Odders 1

1 Detecting 1979 Barcelona: The Cases versus the Context in El misterio de la cripta embrujada, Los Mares del Sur, and A la vejez navajazos Kalen R. Oswald 11

2 Barcelona: "La gran novela negra" in Francisco González Ledesma's Inspector Méndez Series Renée W. Craig-Odders 34

3 Barcelona Through the Tourist's Gaze: The 1992 Olympics as a Pseudo-Event in Two Novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Michelle Dumais 53

4 There's No Place Like Homelessness in Alicia Giménez Bartlett's Un barco cargado de arroz Nina L. Molinaro 74

5 After Eden: Images of the Garden in Alicia Giménez-Bartlett's Petra Delicado Series Marcie Paul 93

6 "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us (?)": Regional and Social Tensions in Two Novels by Lola van Guardia/Isabel Franc Jacky Collins 118

7 Spanish Crime Fiction and Madrid: Moving Up, Looking Back David Knutson 133

8 Remembering Madrid in the Fiction of Joaquín Leguina and Arturo Pérez-Reverte Anne L. Walsh 146

9 Urban Renewal and Mobbing Inmobilario in Andreu Martín's El blues de la semana más negra Tiffany Gagliardi Trotman 166

10 The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Regional and Cultural Illiteracy in Two of Jorge Martínez Reverte's Gálvez Series Novels Jeffrey Oxford 185

11 Woman on the Road: A New Look at Bilbao's Urban Landscape in Itxaro Borda's Ezpeldoi Series Javier Cillero Goiriastuena 204

About the Contributors 227

Index 231

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