9780312229894

The Art of Detective Fiction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312229894

  • ISBN10:

    0312229895

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-05-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

The contributors of this volume pay tribute to and seek to account for the astonishing durability of the detective story as a genre. The essays take a variety of theoretical approaches and include detective fiction in languages other than English. Particular attention is paid to the "Golden Age" of English detective story writing and to the hard-boiled American version of the genre.

Author Biography

Warren Chernaik is Emeritus Professor in English at the University of London. Martin Swales is Chair of German at University College, London.

Robert Vilain is Lecturer in German at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Notes on the Contributors viii
Introduction xi
Martin Swales
Poe and the Beautiful Segar Girl
1(9)
Josef Skvorecky
Body Language: a Study of Death and Gender in Crime Fiction
10(11)
Sarah Dunant
Fascination and Nausea: Finding Out the Hard-Boiled Way
21(15)
David Trotter
The Writers Who Knew Too Much: Populism and Paradox in Detective Fiction's Golden Age
36(14)
David Glover
Sherlock's Children: the Birth of the Series
50(10)
Martin Priestman
Making the Dead Speak: Spiritualism and Detective Fiction
60(15)
Chris Willis
The Locus of Disruption: Serial Murder and Generic Conventions in Detective Fiction
75(15)
David Schmid
The Detective as Clown: a Taxonomy
90(14)
Audrey Laski
Mean Streets and English Gardens
104(20)
Warren Chernaik
Authority, Social Anxiety and the Body in Crime Fiction: Patricia Cornwell's Unnatural Exposure
124(14)
Peter Messent
Desires and Devices: On Women Detectives in Fiction
138(15)
Birgitta Berglund
A Band of Sisters
153(17)
Margaret Kinsman
An Urban Myth: Fantomas and the Surrealists
170(18)
Robert Vilain
Bleeding the Thriller: Alain Robbe-Grillet's Intertextual Crimes
188(13)
Jonathan C. Brown
Oedipus Express: Trains, Trauma and Detective Fiction
201(21)
Laura Marcus
Open Letter to Detectives and Psychoanalysts: Analysis and Reading
222(11)
Patrick ffrench
Index 233

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