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The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction

ISBN 9781138320352
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
442 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction is a comprehensive introduction to crime fiction and crime fiction scholarship today. Across forty-five original chapters, specialists in the field offer innovative approaches to the classics of the genre as well as ground-breaking mappings of emerging themes and trends.

The volume is divided into three parts. Part I, Approaches, rearticulates the key theoretical questions posed by the crime genre. Part II, Devices, examines the textual characteristics of the genre. Part III, Interfaces, investigates the complex ways in which crime fiction engages with the defining issues of its context – from policing and forensic science through war, migration and narcotics to digital media and the environment.

Engagingly written and drawing on examples from around the world, this volume is indispensable to both students and scholars of crime fiction.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Introduction: New Directions in Crime Fiction Scholarship

Janice Allan, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King and Andrew Pepper

Part I: Approaches

  1. Genre
  2. Jesper Gulddal and Stewart King

  3. Counterhistories and Prehistories
  4. Maurizio Ascari

  5. The Crime Fiction Series
  6. Ruth Mayer

  7. Crime Fiction in the Marketplace
  8. Emmett Stinson

  9. Adaptations
  10. Neil McCaw

  11. Hybridisation
  12. Heather Duerre Humann

  13. Graphic Crime Novels
  14. Robert Prickett and Casey A. Cothran

  15. World Literature
  16. Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

  17. Translation
  18. Karen Seago and Victoria Lei

  19. Transnationality
  20. Barbara Pezzotti

  21. Gender and Sexuality
  22. Gill Plain

  23. Race and Ethnicity
  24. Sam Naidu

  25. Coloniality and Decoloniality
  26. Shampa Roy

  27. Psychoanalysis
  28. Heta Pyrhönen

    Part II: Devices

  29. Murders
  30. Michael Harris-Peyton

  31. Victims
  32. Rebecca Mills

  33. Detectives
  34. David Geherin

  35. Criminals
  36. Christiana Gregoriou

  37. Beginnings and Endings
  38. Alistair Rolls

  39. Plotting
  40. Martin Edwards

  41. Clues
  42. Jesper Gulddal

  43. Realism
  44. Paul Cobley

  45. Place
  46. Stewart King

  47. Time and Space
  48. Thomas Heise

  49. Self-referentiality and Metafiction
  50. J. C. Bernthal

  51. Paratextuality
  52. Louise Nilsson

  53. Affect
  54. Christopher Breu

  55. Alterity and the Other
  56. Jean Anderson

  57. Digital Technology
  58. Nicole Kenley

    Part III Interfaces

  59. Crime Fiction and Criminology
  60. Matthew Levay

  61. Crime Fiction and Theories of Justice
  62. Susanna Lee

  63. Crime Fiction and Modern Science
  64. Andrea Goulet

  65. Crime Fiction and the Police
  66. Andrew Nestingen

  67. Crime Fiction and Memory
  68. Kate M. Quinn

  69. Crime Fiction and Trauma
  70. Cynthia S. Hamilton

  71. Crime Fiction and Politics
  72. José V. Saval

  73. Crime Fiction and the City
  74. Eric Sandberg

  75. Crime Fiction and War
  76. Patrick Deer

  77. Crime Fiction and Global Capital
  78. Andrew Pepper

  79. Crime Fiction and the Environment
  80. Marta Puxan-Oliva

  81. Crime Fiction and Narcotics
  82. Andrew Pepper

  83. Crime Fiction and Migration
  84. Charlotte Beyer

  85. Crime Fiction and Authoritarianism
  86. Carlos Uxó

  87. Crime Fiction and Digital Media
  88. Tanja Välisalo, Maarit Piipponen, Helen Mäntymäki and Aino-Kaisa Koistinen

  89. Crime Fiction and the Future
    Nicoletta Vallorani


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Janice Allan is Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford, UK.

Jesper Gulddal is Associate Professor in Literary Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Stewart King is Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, Australia.

Andrew Pepper is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast.