Murder by the Book?: Feminism and the Crime Novel

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Murder by the Book? is a thorough - and thoroughly enjoyable - look at the blossoming genre of the feminist crime novel in Britain and the United States.

Sally R. Munt asks why the form has proven so attractive as a vehicle for oppositional politics; whether the pleasures of detective fiction can be truly transgressive; and when exactly it was that the dyke detective appeared as the new super-hero for today.

Along the way Munt poses some critical questions about the relations between fiction and activism, politics and representations, the writer and the reader. This will be an important book both for addicts of the genre and for students and their students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415109192
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/13/1994
  • Series: Narrative Forms and Social Formation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Masculinity and Masquerade or 'Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?' Mainstream women crime writers 1
2 The New Woman - A Sheep in Wolves' Clothing? Liberal feminist crime fiction 30
3 A Case of 'Death by Political Correction'? Socialist feminist crime fiction 60
4 'A Change is Gonna Come'? Race politics in crime fiction by women 84
5 The Investigators: Lesbian crime fiction 120
6 Murdering the Inner Man? Psychoanalysis and feminist crime fiction 147
7 'What Does it Mean to Sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Release Balloons?' Postmodernism and the crime fiction of Sarah Schulman 170
8 An Unsuitable Genre for a Woman? 191
Notes 208
Fictional bibliography 237
Critical bibliography 242
Index 253
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