Alicia Giménez Bartlett’s popular crime series, written in Spanish and organized around the exploits of Police Inspector Petra Delicado and Deputy Inspector Fermin Garzon, is arguably the most successful detective series published in Spain during the previous three decades. Nina L. Molinaro examines the tensions between the rhetoric of gender differences espoused by the woman detective and the orthodox ideology of the police procedural. She argues that even as the series incorporates gender differences into the crime series formula, it does so in order to correct women, naturalize men’s authority, sanction social hierarchies, and assuage collective anxieties. As Molinaro shows, with the exception of the protagonist, the women characters require constant surveillance and modification, often as a result of men’s supposedly intrinsic protectiveness or excessive sexuality. Men, by contrast, circulate more freely in the fictional world and are intrinsic to the political, psychological, and economic prosperity of their communities. Molinaro situates her discussion in Petra Delicado’s contemporary Spain of dog owners, Â¡Hola!, Russian cults, and gated communities.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents:
1 Detection and Correction in the Petra Delicado Series
2 Rationalizing Rape and Other Offenses in Ritos de muerte
3 Dogging Gender and Dia de perros
4 (Re)Solving Castration Anxiety in Mensajeros de la oscuridad
5 Criminal Images and Muertos de papel
6 Masquerading Mothers and Serpientes en el paraiso
7 Home, Homicide, and Un barco cargado de arroz
8 The Romance of Family Planning in Nido vacio
9 Afterword: El silencio de los claustros and Nadie quiere saber
Nina L. Molinaro is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.