A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational - Crime Files (Paperback)
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A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational - Crime Files (Paperback)

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Paperback 222 Pages / Published: 05/09/2007
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This book takes a look at the evolution of crime fiction. Considering 'criminography' as a system of inter-related sub-genres, it explores the connections between modes of literature such as revenge tragedies, the gothic and anarchist fiction, while taking into account the influence of pseudo-sciences such as mesmerism and criminal anthropology.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230594623
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 311 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm


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Shortlisted for Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards 2008 (Category: Best Critical/Biographical)

'Maurizio Ascari's book is a thrilling journey through the supernaturally dark side of crime fiction. It excavates material that critics have not previously considered in the context of classic crime writing and also explores innovatively the role of the super-rational in the development and meaning of the genre. The book thoroughly justifies its challenging title as a Counter-History of Crime Fiction.' - Stephen Knight, Distinguished Research Professor in English Literature, University of Cardiff, UK

'...a well-written, insightful and important piece of criticism.' - Kim Toft Hansen, Kulturekapellet

'...[an] interestingly transnational approach to crime fiction...elegant language...captivating writing style...critically groundbreaking...' Rivista di Studi Vittoriani

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