The detective genre, or novela negra, is one of Spain’s most popular types of fiction: these books, many written by female writers, have obtained best-selling status and been translated into multiple languages. Killing Carmens, the first book-length study of women’s crime writing in Spain, offers a fresh approach to the study of Spanish crime fiction—combining literary criticism with sociological, feminist, and criminological theory. This innovative multidisciplinary volume examines how Spanish female authors have engaged with the traditionally masculine genre of crime writing, turning it into a literary form that has been used to address issues of particular concern to women in Spanish society, including debates about nationalism, gendered violence, and the role and position of their countrywomen. The result is a thought-provoking and fascinating read that will appeal to students of Hispanic and Catalan literature, as well as gender and cultural studies.
|Publisher:||University of Wales Press|
|Series:||University of Wales - Iberian and Latin American Studies|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Shelley Godsland is senior lecturer in Spanish at Birmingham University and director of the Crime Fiction Research Center.
Table of Contents
Series Editors’ Foreword
Chapter 1 From Feminism to Post-Feminism: The Strange Case of the Female Detective
The Feminist Private Eye: Maria-Antònia Oliver’s Lònia Guiu
The Post-Feminist Policía: Alicia Giménez-Bartlett’s Inspector Petra Delicado
Chapter 2 Mujeres que Mueren, Mujeres que Matan: Female Victims and Women Criminals
The Female Victim
Chapter 3 The ‘Crime’ of National Repression: Crime Fictions by Catalan Women
Early Catalan Women Detective Writers: Mercè Rodoreda and Maria Aurèlia Capmany
Re-writing the Espionage Thriller: Anna Grau and Assumpta Maresma