Is the detective novel popular fiction or serious literature? This collection of essays examines the historical, literary, and critical aspects of the genre. Three interrelated aspects of detective fiction are addressed: the mystery story as a vehicle for social criticism, women crime writers, and the American hard-boiled detective storyits origins in cowboy fiction, recent trends, and whether the mean streets still belong exclusively to men. Contributors span the ranks of well-known crime writers, popular critics of detective fiction, and academic scholars. This unusual volume aptly illustrates the nature and attractions of a style of fiction that was once dismissed as merely sensational and is now seen as mainstream.
|Publisher:||Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|Series:||Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series , #19|
|Product dimensions:||6.24(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
BARBARA A. RADER is a Scholar/Consultant to the Southern Connecticut Library Council.
HOWARD G. ZETTLER, retired Professor of English, Central Connecticut State University, is a freelance writer and editor.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Robin W. Winks
Keynote Address: Gender and Detective Fiction: by Carolyn Heilbrun
Mysteries as Social Criticism
Detection and Ethics: The Case of P. D. James by Dennis Porter
Chandler Comes to Harlem: Racial Politics in the Thrillers of Chester Himes by Peter J. Rabinowitz
The Social-Domestic World of June Thomson's Detective Chief Inspector Jack Finch-Rudd by John McAleer
Women in Crime Writing
Seeley Regester: America's First Detective Novelist by B. J. Rahn
Let's Hear It for Agatha Christie: A Feminist Appreciation by Michele Slung
A Sweep Throught the Subgenres by Marilyn Stasio
Down These Mean Streets
Hard-Boiled Virgil: Nineteenth-Century Beginnings of a Popular Literary Formula by William W. Stowe
The Hard-Boiled Detective Story: From the Open Range to the Mean Streets by Richard Slotkin
Elmore Leonard: Splitting Images by Glenn W. Most
Annotated Bibliography by Susan Steinberg
Poisoned Pens: Book Discussion List