The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction is a comprehensive introduction to crime fiction and crime fiction scholarship today. Across 45 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 crime fiction. 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.
Rigorously argued and engagingly written, the volume is indispensable both to students and scholars of crime fiction.
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Introduction: New Directions in Crime Fiction Scholarship
Janice Allan, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King and Andrew Pepper
Part 1 Approaches
Jesper Gulddal and Stewart King
Heather Duerre Humann
Robert Prickett and Casey A. Cothran
Karen Seago and Victoria Lei
Part 2 Devices
J. C. Bernthal
Part 3 Interfaces
Kate M. Quinn
Cynthia S. Hamilton
José V. Saval
Tanja Välisalo, Maarit Piipponen, Helen Mäntymäki and Aino-Kaisa Koistinen
Field-defining volumes in new and exciting areas of literary studies. These volumes are ideal introductions for beginners, or handy volumes for those already working in the field: summarising current scholarship, whilst pushing the boundaries of emerging trends they are must-have collections.