The Detective as Historian: History and Art in Historical Crime Fiction [NOOK Book]

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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...
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The Detective as Historian: History and Art in Historical Crime Fiction

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Overview

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)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879728816
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 919 KB

Table of Contents





Preface


Winks
Robin W.




Introduction


Browne
Ray B.


Kreiser, Jr.
Lawrence A.




Lynda S. Robinson and Lauren Haney: Detection in the Land of Mysteries


Rippetoe
Rita




John Maddox Roberts and Steven Saylor: Detecting in the Final Decades of the Roman Republic


Lewis
Terrance L.




Lindsey Davis: Falco, Cynical Detective in a Corrupt Roman Empire


Hunt
Peter




Peter Tremayne: Sister Fidelma and the Triumph of Truth


Luehrs
Christiane W.


Luehrs
Robert B.




Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael


Rielly
Edward J.




P. C. Doherty: Hugh Corbett, Secret-Agent and Problem-Solver


Meek
Edward L.


Westervelt
Theron M.


Eldridge
David N.




Susanna Gregory: Doctor Matthew Bartholomew, Master of Medicine and Detection


Coakley
Jean




Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose


Ford
Judy Ann




Elizabeth Eyre: Detection in the Italian Renaissance


Rydberg-Cox
Jeffrey A.




Margaret Frazer: Sister Frevisse and Medieval Mysteries


Julius
Patricia W.




Josephine Tey and Others: The Case of Richard III


Kelly
R. Gordon




C. L. Grace: Kathryn Swinbrook, Fifteenth-Century Physician and Sleuth


Coakley
Jean




Michael Clynes: The Recollections of Shallot


Eldridge
David N.


Westervelt
Theron M.


Meek
Edward L.




Maan Meyers: The Saga of the Dutchman


Salamone
Frank A.




Bruce Alexander: Sir Henry Fielding and Blind Justice


Smith
Donna Bradshaw




Keith Heller: A Genealogy of Detection in the Eighteenth Century


Christianson
Scott R.




Margaret Lawrence: An Eighteenth-Century Midwife


Nelson
Marie




Stephanie Barron: (Re)Inventing Jane Austen as Detective


Vickers
Anita




Kate Ross: Where Have All the Dandies Gone?


Parker
Jerry L.




James Brewer: Sleuths and Carpetbaggers along the Mississippi River


Kreisen Jr.
Lawrence A.




Peter Heck: Mark Twain as Detective


Browne
Ray B.


Kreiser, Jr.
Lawrence A.




Caleb Carr: Running Away from the Darkness


Tallack
Douglas




Anne Perry: Victorian ’Istorian and Murdermonger


Holland-Toll
Linda J.




Peter Lovesey: No Cribbing on History


Foxwell
Margaret L.




Elizabeth Peters: The Last Camel Died at Noon as Lost World Adventure Pastiche


Hoppenstand
Gary




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