This volume 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.
For readers who are studying crime and detective fiction for the first time, a four essays survey the critical conversation regarding the theme, explore its cultural and historical contexts, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts in the genre.
Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the theme can then move on to other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical approaches.
Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.
- Additional Works on Crime and Detective Fiction
- About the Editor