Sara Paretsky: Detective Fiction as Trauma Literature - Contemporary American and Canadian Writers (Hardback)Cynthia Hamilton (author)
Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 01/06/2015
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Sara Paretsky is known for her influential V.I. Warshawski series, which transformed the masculine hard-boiled detective formula into a vehicle for feminist values. But Paretsky does more than this. Her novels also illustrate the extent to which detective fiction acts as a literature of trauma, allowing Paretsky to address the politics of agency in ways that go beyond the personal, for trauma always has a social and a political dimension. Paretsky's work also exploits the way detective fiction mirrors the writing of history. Here, Paretsky uses the form to expose the partiality of historical accounts - whether they be personal, institutional, or national - that authorise 'forgetting' of a particularly insidious kind. Significantly, all these issues are explored within the framework of the traditional hard-boiled detective novel. As a result, Paretsky's achievement forces us to acknowledge the deeply subversive potential of detective fiction.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 20 mm
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