Crime Fiction - The New Critical Idiom (Paperback)John Scaggs (author)
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Crime Fiction provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide-ranging and hugely popular literary genre. Using examples from a variety of novels, short stories, films and televisions series, John Scaggs:presents a concise history of crime fiction - from biblical narratives to James Ellroy - broadening the genre to include revenge tragedy and the gothic novelexplores the key sub-genres of crime fiction, such as 'Rational Criminal Investigation', The Hard-Boiled Mode', 'The Police Procedural' and 'Historical Crime Fiction'locates texts and their recurring themes and motifs in a wider social and historical contextoutlines the various critical concepts that are central to the study of crime fiction, including gender, narrative theory and film theoryconsiders contemporary television series like C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation alongside the 'classic' whodunnits of Agatha Christie.
Accessible and clear, this comprehensive overview is the essential guide for all those studying crime fiction and concludes with a look at future directions for the genre in the twentieth-first century.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 206 g
Dimensions: 197 x 133 x 14 mm
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