The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

by Catherine Ross Nickerson
     
 

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From the execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programs like The Wire and The Sopranos, crime writing has played an important role in American culture. Its ability to register fear, desire and anxiety has made it a popular genre with a wide audience. These new essays, written for students as well as readers of crime fiction, demonstrate the very best in

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From the execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programs like The Wire and The Sopranos, crime writing has played an important role in American culture. Its ability to register fear, desire and anxiety has made it a popular genre with a wide audience. These new essays, written for students as well as readers of crime fiction, demonstrate the very best in contemporary scholarship and challenge long-established notions of the development of the detective novel. Each chapter covers a sub-genre, from 'true crime' to hard-boiled novels, illustrating the ways in which 'popular' and 'high' literary genres influence and shape each other. With a chronology and guide to further reading, the Companion is a helpful guide for students of American literature and readers of crime fiction.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Fourteen essays by academics include some valuable history and analysis..."
-John L. Breen

..."the Companion succeeds in presenting the richness and diversity of works that form the genre, and the many ways in which crime fiction remains enormously relevant to the popular cultures of today."
-Tarik Abdel-Monem,University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139800976
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/08/2010
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
812 KB

Meet the Author

Catherine Ross Nickerson is Associate Professor of American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of The Web of Iniquity: Early Women Writers of Detective Fiction (1998) and she has edited two volumes of reprinted novels from early detective fiction: Anna Katharine Green, Lost Man's Lane and that Affair Next Door and Metta Victor, The Dead Letter and the Figure Eight (both 2003). She has also received the 2011 George N. Dove Award for Contributions to the Study of Crime Fiction.

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