Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World

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Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and truth that arise in postcolonial and transnational communities. While detective fiction has been linked to imperialism and constructions of race from its earliest origins, recent developments signal the evolution of the genre into a potent framework for narrating the complexities of identity, citizenship, and justice in a postcolonial world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754668480
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Open Cases: Detection, (Post)Modernity, and the State Nels Pearson Pearson, Nels Marc Singer Singer, Marc 1

1 Investigating Truth, History, and Human Rights in Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost Emily S. Davis Davis, Emily S. 15

2 Postcolonial Noir: Vikram Chandra's "Kama" Claire Chambers Chambers, Claire 31

3 Postcolonial Epistemologies: Transcending Boundaries and Re-inscribing Difference in The Calcutta Chromosome Maureen Lauder Lauder, Maureen 47

4 Detective Narrative Typology: Going Undercover in the French Caribbean Jason Herbeck Herbeck, Jason 63

5 Out on Parole: Suspending Oral Culture's Death Sentence in Patrick Chamoiseau's Solibo magnifique Greg Wright Wright, Greg 81

6 A Journey Lost in Mystery: Mario Vargas Llosa's Death in the Andes Haiqing Sun Sun, Haiqing 97

7 The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw: Imperialist Policing, the Journalistic Novel, and the "War on Terror" in Colombia Robin Truth Goodman Goodman, Robin Truth 115

8 "Sympathetic Traveling": Horizontal Ethics and Aesthetics in Paco Ignacio Taibo's Belascoaran Shayne Novels Jennifer Lewis Lewis, Jennifer 135

9 Hot on the Heels of Transnational America: The Case of the Latina Detective Wendy Knepper Knepper, Wendy 157

10 Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress: The Reforming Spirit of Neo-Noir Raphael Lambert Lambert, Raphael 181

11 Lost in Translation: The Multicultural Interpreter as Metaphysical Detective in Suki Kim's The Interpreter Sao Yeon Kim Sao, Yeon Kim 195

Index 209

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