Murder by the Book?: Feminism and the Crime Novel

Murder by the Book?: Feminism and the Crime Novel

by Sally Rowena Munt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415109191

ISBN-13: 9780415109192

Pub. Date: 10/13/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

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
Sales rank:
987,315
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Masculinity and Masquerade or 'Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?' Mainstream women crime writers1
2The New Woman - A Sheep in Wolves' Clothing? Liberal feminist crime fiction30
3A Case of 'Death by Political Correction'? Socialist feminist crime fiction60
4'A Change is Gonna Come'? Race politics in crime fiction by women84
5The Investigators: Lesbian crime fiction120
6Murdering the Inner Man? Psychoanalysis and feminist crime fiction147
7'What Does it Mean to Sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Release Balloons?' Postmodernism and the crime fiction of Sarah Schulman170
8An Unsuitable Genre for a Woman?191
Notes208
Fictional bibliography237
Critical bibliography242
Index253

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