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1 Volume; 300 Pages
General Bibliography
Critical Context
Critical Readings
Further Readings
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index

Table of Contents


On the whole, a fine introduction to the detective genre, and a solid entry in the series.

CHOICE, Dec. 2013

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Critical Insights: Crime and Detective Fiction
Editor: Rebecca Martin


ISBN: 978-1-4298-3822-1
Print List Price: $85


e-ISBN: 978-1-4298-3838-2
eBook Single User Price: $85

April 2013 · 1 volume · 368 pages · 6"x9"

Includes Online Database with Print Purchase

Critical Insights
Crime and Detective Fiction
Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Among the most popular of literary forms, crime fiction has played a central role in the development of national literatures for than a century. Crime and Detective Fiction examines practices of crime writing in American literature and in regions as far and wide as China, Japan, and Scandinavia. This inclusivity results in a diversity of perspectives, in terms of culture, as well as the significance of point of view in telling the tale of a crime. These readings will challenge perspectives on what constitutes good and evil, and lead readers to reexamine assumptions about community, individual rights, and the structure and purpose of the law itself.

Edited by Rebecca Martin, Professor of English at Pace University, this collection, part of the Critical Insights series, examines the richness of the field of crime writing and the many ways in which crime, its depiction, and its investigation cross narrative, national, and other boundaries. Readers will appreciate familiar authors in the genre, such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler, as well as important new additions, most prominently represented by Steig Larrson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This volume will explore the reasons for crime writing’s popularity and persistence offered by scholars, critics, and readers in the last two or three hundred years, and challenge long-standing assumptions as to the literary significance of crime and detective fiction. Contributors include Joseph Paul Moser, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Malcah Effron, and Sara Karrhom.

In addition, supplemental materials include a list of literary works not mentioned in the book and a bibliography of critical sources for further study into the genre.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index


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