The Detective As Historian

The Detective As Historian

by Ray Browne
     
 

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Readers of detective stories are turning more toward historical crime fiction to learn both what everyday life was like in past societies and how society coped with those who broke the laws and restrictions of the times. The crime fiction treated here ranges from ancient Egypt through classical Greece and Rome; from medieval and renaissance China and Europe through

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Readers of detective stories are turning more toward historical crime fiction to learn both what everyday life was like in past societies and how society coped with those who broke the laws and restrictions of the times. The crime fiction treated here ranges from ancient Egypt through classical Greece and Rome; from medieval and renaissance China and Europe through nineteenth-century England and America.
       Topics include: Ellis Peter’s Brother Cadfael; Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose; Susanna Gregory’s Doctor Matthew Bartholomew; Peter Heck’s Mark Twain as detective; Anne Perry and her Victorian-era world; Caleb Carr’s works; and Elizabeth Peter’s Egyptologist-adventurer tales.

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Historians and literature scholars examine historical crime fiction that people are increasingly reading to learn both what everyday life was like in past societies, and how citizens and crime fighters coped with those who broke the laws and restrictions of their time. They incorporate ancient Egypt, classical Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and 19th-century England and America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Detective As Historian: History And Art In Historical Crime Fiction is a fascinating and informative compendium of twenty-five essays which analyze and evaluate examples of crime fiction ranging throughout recorded history from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, to medieval Europe, to 19th century England and America. A unique, scholarly, thought provoking, and welcome addition to literary studies in general, and detective story enthusiast's reading lists in particular, The Detective As Historian is a very highly recommended acquisition for both academic and community library collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879728151
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

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