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A Companion to Crime Fiction

Rzepka, Charles J. / Horsley, Lee (Herausgeber)

Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture


1. Auflage Februar 2010
648 Seiten, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6765-9
John Wiley & Sons


A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day. It brings together a series of forty-seven original essays from some of the world's leading authorities. The volume follows the development of crime fiction over the last three centuries, examining the traditions and conventions of the genre, as well as its cultural and social contexts. Twenty of the most significant crime writers and film makers, from William Godwin to Martin Scorsese, are examined along with the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field.

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A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day

* A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the globe make this Companion the definitive guide to crime fiction
* Follows the development of the genre from its origins in the eighteenth century through to its phenomenal present day popularity
* Features full-length critical essays on the most significant authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field
* Includes extensive references to the most up-to-date scholarship, and a comprehensive bibliography

Introduction: What is Crime Fiction? (Charles J. Rzepka).

Part I: History, Criticism, Culture

1. From the Newgate Calendar to Sherlock Holmes (Heather Worthington).

2. From Sherlock Holmes to the Present (Lee Horsley).

3. Criticism and Theory - (Heta Pyrhonen).

4. Crime and the Mass Media (Alain Silver and James Ursini).

5. Crime Fiction and the Literary Canon (Joel Black).

Part 2: Genre of a Thousand Faces

6. The Newgate Novel and the Police Casebook - Lauren Gillingham

7. From Sensation to The Strand (Christopher Pittard).

8. The "Classical" Model of the Golden Age (Susan Rowland).

9. Early American Crime Fiction: Origins to Urban Gothic (Alexander Moudrov).

10. The "Hard-Boiled" Genre (Andrew Pepper).

11. The Pursuit of Crime: Characters in Crime Fiction (Carl Malmgren).

12. Crime, Forensics, and Modern Science (Sarah Dauncey).

13. Police Novel (Peter Messent).

14. Noir and the Psycho-Thriller (Philip Simpson).

15. True Crime (David Schmid).

16. Gangs and Mobs (Jonathan Munby).

17. Historical Crime and Detection (Ray B. Browne)

18. Crime and the Spy genre (David Seed).

19. Crime and the Gothic (Catherine Spooner).

20. Feminist Crime Fiction and Female Sleuths (Adrienne Gavin)

21. African-American Detection and Crime Fiction (Frankie Bailey).

22. Ethnic Postcolonial Crime and Detection (Anglophone) (Ed Christian).

23. Crime Writing in Other Languages (Sue Neale).

24. Postmodern and Metaphysical Detection (Patricia Merivale).

25. Crime and Detective Literature for Young Readers (Christopher Routledge).

26. Crime in Comics and the Graphic Novel (Arthur Fried).

27. Criminal Investigation on Film (Philippa Gates).

Part 3: Artists at Work


28. William Godwin (1756-1836) - Philip Shaw

29. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) - Maurice Lee

30. Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) - Andrew Mangham

31. Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) - John Hodgson

32. Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) - Leroy Panek

33. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) - Merja Makinen

34. James M. Cain (1892-1977) - William Marling

35. Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) - Esme Miskimmin

36. Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) - Jasmine Hall

37. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) - Alicia Borinsky 38. Chester Himes (1909-1984) - Stephen Soitos

39. David Goodis (1917-1967) - David Schmid

40. P. D. James (1920- ) - Louise Harrington

41. Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) - Bran Nicol

42. Elmore Leonard (1925- ) -Charles J. Rzepka

43. Sara Paretsky (1947- ) - Malcah Effron

44. Walter Mosley (1952- ) - John Gruesser


45. Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) - Nick Haeffner

46. Martin Scorsese (1942- ) - Mark Desmond Nicholls

47. John Woo (1946- ) - Karen Fang

Conclusion - Lee Horsley and Charles J. Rzepka
Charles Rzepka is Professor of English at Boston University, where he teaches and writes on British Romanticism, popular culture, and detective and crime fiction. His publications include The Self as Mind (1986), Sacramental Commodities (1995), Detective Fiction (2005), and Essays, Inventions, Interventions (2010).

Lee Horsley is Reader in Literature and Culture at Lancaster University, where she teaches two specialist crime courses. Her publications include Political Fiction and the Historical Imagination (1990), Fictions of Power in English Literature 1900-1950 (1995) Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction (2005), and an expanded paperback edition of the 2001 publication The Noir Thriller (2009).

C. J. Rzepka, Boston University, USA; L. Horsley, University of Lancaster, UK