The Post-Colonial Detective / Edition 1

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What happens to detective fiction when the detective is "post-colonial," a marginalized native or settler in a country recovering from colonialism? This introduction to the peculiarities of the post-colonial detective and to post-colonial theory establishes a context in which to view more than a dozen notable detectives and authors from around the world. The essays present post-colonial detection as an exciting hybrid of western-influenced police methods and plot conventions with indigenous cultural insights and wisdom in exotic settings.

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Examines post-colonial detective fiction, a hybrid of western- influenced police methods and plot conventions and indigenous cultural insights and wisdom in exotic settings, in which the detective is a marginalized native or settler in a country recovering from colonialism. Authors discussed include H.R.F. Keating, James McClure, Arthur Upfield, and William Marshall, as well as post-colonial detective novelists little-known in English, including Driss Chraibi of Morocco, Ch'eng Hsiao-ch'ing of Shanghai, and many communist Chinese writers. An introduction to post-colonial theory establishes a context in which to view these detectives and authors. Christian teaches English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312228316
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/7/2001
  • Series: Crime Files Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Christian is Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introducing the Post-Colonial Detective--Ed Christian
• Keating's Inspector Ghote--Mheera Tamaya
• James McClure's Mickey Zondi--Edward Tomarken
• Upfield's Napoleon Bonaparte--Marilyn Rye
• A Crane among Chickens--Deborah Bosi
• The Savage among Us--Dean Loganbill
• Post-Colonial Problems in the Canadian Detective Novels of Eric Wright and Howard Engel--Patrick Quinn
• The Post-Colonial Detective in People's China--Jeffrey C. Kinkley
• The Traditional Hero as Modern Detective--King-Fai Tam
• Paco Ignacio Taibo II--Jorge Hernàndez Martin
• The Spanish Detective as Cultural Other--Jose F. Colmeiro
• Driss Chraïbi's A Place in the Sun --Roger Célestin

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