The Foreign in International Crime Fiction: Transcultural Representations

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‘The foreigner' is a familiar character in popular crime fiction, from the foreign detective whose outsider status provides a unique perspective on a familiar or exotic location to the xenophobic portrayal of the criminal ‘other'. Exploring popular crime fiction from across the world, The Foreign in International Crime Writing examines these popular works as ‘transcultural contact zones' in which writers can tackle such issues as national identity, immigration, globalization and diaspora communities. Offering readings of 20th and 21st-century

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Overview

‘The foreigner' is a familiar character in popular crime fiction, from the foreign detective whose outsider status provides a unique perspective on a familiar or exotic location to the xenophobic portrayal of the criminal ‘other'. Exploring popular crime fiction from across the world, The Foreign in International Crime Writing examines these popular works as ‘transcultural contact zones' in which writers can tackle such issues as national identity, immigration, globalization and diaspora communities. Offering readings of 20th and 21st-century crime writing from Norway, the UK, India, China, Europe and Australasia, the essays in this book open up new directions for scholarship on crime writing and transnational literatures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472569547
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/24/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Anderson is Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation. She is the Editor of The New Zealand Jourbanal of French Studies.

Carolina Miranda is Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
Part 1: Inside Out or Outside In? The Scene of the Crime as Exotic Décor
Chapter 1: Cannibalistic Maori Behead Rupert Murdoch: (Mis)representations of Antipodean Otherness in Caryl Férey's ‘Maori Thrillers Ellen Carter and Deborah Walker
Chapter 2: ‘A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world': Britishness and Foreignness in le Carré's Karla Trilogy Sabine Vanacker
Chapter 3: Havana Noir: Time, Place and the Appropriation of Cuba in Crime Fiction Philip Swanson
Chapter 4: Shanghai, Shanghai: Placing Qiu Xiaolong's Crime Fiction in the Landscape of Globalized
Literature Hui Luo
Chapter 5: Seeing Double: Representing Others in the Franco-Pacific Thriller Jean Anderson
Part 2: Private Eyes, Hybrid Eyes: The In-Between Detective
Chapter 6: ‘Don't Forget the Tejedor': Community and Identity in the Crime Fiction of Rosa Ribas Stewart King
Chapter 7: An American in Paris or Opposites Attract: Dominique Sylvain's ‘In-Between'Bicultural Detective Stories France Grenaudier-Klijn
Chapter 8: Arthur Upfield and Philip McLaren: Pioneering Partners in Australian Ethnographic Crime Fiction John and Marie Ramsland
Chapter 9: From Wolf to Wolf-Man: Foreignness and Self-Alterity in Fred Vargas's L'Homme à l'envers Alistair Rolls
Chapter 10: Others Knowing Others: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Peter Høeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow Andrew Nestingen and Paula Arvas
Chapter 11: Smog, Tweed and Foreign Bedevilment: Bourland's Twenty-First-Century Remake of the Sherlock Holmes Crime Story Keren Chiaroni
Part 3: When Evil Walks Abroad - Towards a Politics of Otherness
Chapter 12: ‘The Meanest Devil of the Pit': British Representations of the German Character in Edwardian Juvenile Spy Fiction, 1900-1914 Andrew Francis
Chapter 13. Reading Others: Foreigners and the Foreign in Roberto Arlt's Detective Fiction Carolina
Miranda
Chapter 14: Who is the Foreigner? The Representation of the Migrant in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction Barbara Pezzotti
Chapter 15: Images of Turks in Recent German Crime Fiction: A Comparative Study in Xenophobia Margaret Sutherland
Chapter 16. The Representation of Chinese Characters in Leonardo Padura's La cola de la serpiente (2000): Sinophobia or Sinophilia? Carlos Uxó
Bibliography
Index

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