Women Times Three

Overview

This volume explores the range of relationships among women writers, women detectives and women-centered mystery fiction, and women readers. Focusing on writers as diverse as Sara Paretsky, Joan Hess, Sarah Caudwell, P. D. James, Katherine V. Forrest, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sue Grafton, D. R. Meredith, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Barbara Wilson, the authors analyze the development of detective fiction with a different agenda: the woman-authored woman detective.
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Overview

This volume explores the range of relationships among women writers, women detectives and women-centered mystery fiction, and women readers. Focusing on writers as diverse as Sara Paretsky, Joan Hess, Sarah Caudwell, P. D. James, Katherine V. Forrest, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sue Grafton, D. R. Meredith, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Barbara Wilson, the authors analyze the development of detective fiction with a different agenda: the woman-authored woman detective.
       The eleven essays concentrate new attention on the trio of reader, writer, and text when all three are modified by the terms “woman” and “mystery.”

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Contributors delineate the range of relationships among women writers, women detectives in mystery fiction, and women readers, examining detective fiction through the eyes of actual and hypothetical women readers in a gender- and genre-specific analysis. They offer a theoretical and critical investigation of both historical and contemporary models of mystery fiction. Authors discussed include Sara Paretsky, Joan Hess, Sue Grafton, and D.R. Meredith. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879726829
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Women Times Women Times Women 3
A Question of Visibility: Paretsky and Chicago 15
Joan Hess/Joan Hadley: Separating the Voices 29
Gender and Voice in the Novels of Sarah Caudwell 43
The Re-Imagining of Cordelia Gray 53
Katherine V. Forrest: Writing Kate Delafield for Us 65
"Collaring the Other Fellow's Property": Feminism Reads Dorothy L. Sayers 81
"E" Is for En/Gendering Readings: Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone 101
D.R. Meredith's Lydia Fairchild: Frustrated Feminist 117
The Decline of Hilda Adams 129
Uncloseting Ideology in the Novels of Barbara Wilson 143
Contributors 163
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