Investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction

Investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction

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Investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction by Brill

Investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction is one of the relatively few books to date which adopts a comparative approach to the study of the genre. This collection of twenty essays by international scholars, examining crime fiction production from over a dozen countries, confirms that a comparative approach can both shed light on processes of adaptation and appropriation of the genre within specific national, regional or local contexts, and also uncover similarities between the works of authors from very different areas.
Contributors explore discourse concerning national and historical memory, language, race, ethnicity, culture and gender, and examine how identity is affirmed and challenged in the crime genre today. They reveal a growing tendency towards hybridization and postmodern experimentation, and increasing engagement with philosophical enquiry into the epistemological dimensions of investigation. Throughout, the notion of stable identities is subject to scrutiny.
While each essay in itself is a valuable addition to existing criticism on the genre, all the chapters mutually inform and complement each other in fascinating and often unexpected ways. This volume makes an important contribution to the growing field of crime fiction studies and to ongoing debates on questions of identity. It will therefore be of special interest to students and scholars of the crime genre, identity studies and comparative literature. It will also appeal to all who enjoy reading contemporary crime fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042025295
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Textxet: Studies in Comparative Literature Series , #56
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 0.59(w) x 0.87(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Marieke KRAJENBRINK and Kate M. QUINN: Introduction: Investigating Identities
Eva ERDMANN: Nationality International: Detective Fiction in the Late Twentieth Century
Stewart KING: Articulating and Disarticulating Culture and Identity in Vázquez Montalbán’s Serie Carvalho
Anne M. WHITE and Shelley GODSLAND: Popular Genre and the Politics of the Periphery: Catalan Crime Fiction by Women
Anne L. WALSH: Questions of Identity: An Exploration of Spanish Detective Fiction
Sjef HOUPPERMANS: Abyss of the Senses: Les Rivières pourpres by Jean-Christophe Grangé
Agnès MAILLOT: Fractured Identities: Jean-Claude Izzo’s Total Khéops
Arlene A. TERAOKA: Detecting Ethnicity: Jakob Arjouni and the Case of the Missing German Detective Novel
John SCAGGS: Double Identity: Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction and the Divided “I”
Theo D’HAEN: Plum’s the Girl! Janet Evanovich and the Empowerment of Ms Common America
Willem G. WESTSTEIJN: Murder and Love: Russian Women Detective Writers
Hans ESTER: Perspectives on the Detective Novel in Afrikaans
Beate BURTSCHER-BECHTER: Wanted: National Algerian Identity
Marisol MORALES LADRÓN: “Troubling” Thrillers: Politics and Popular Fiction in Northern Ireland Literature
Sabine VANACKER: Double Dutch: Image and Identity in Dutch and Flemish Crime Fiction
Christopher JONES: Cultural Identity in Swiss German Detective Fiction
Marieke KRAJENBRINK: Unresolved Identities in Roth and Rabinovici: Reworking the Crime Genre in Austrian Literature
Costantino C. M. MAEDER: Crime Novels in Italy
Philip SWANSON: The Detective and the Disappeared: Memory, Forgetting and Other Confusions in Juan José Saer’s La pesquisa
Kate M. QUINN: Cases of Identity Concealed and Revealed in Chilean Detective Fiction
Brian DUFFY: From a Good Firm Knot to a Mess of Loose Ends: Identity and Solution in Martin Amis’ Night Train
Notes on Contributors

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