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
- Counterhistories and Prehistories
- The Crime Fiction Series
- Crime Fiction in the Marketplace
- Graphic Crime Novels
- World Literature
- Gender and Sexuality
- Race and Ethnicity
- Coloniality and Decoloniality
- Beginnings and Endings
- Time and Space
- Self-referentiality and Metafiction
- Alterity and the Other
- Digital Technology
- Crime Fiction and Criminology
- Crime Fiction and Theories of Justice
- Crime Fiction and Modern Science
- Crime Fiction and the Police
- Crime Fiction and Memory
- Crime Fiction and Trauma
- Crime Fiction and Politics
- Crime Fiction and the City
- Crime Fiction and War
- Crime Fiction and Global Capital
- Crime Fiction and the Environment
- Crime Fiction and Narcotics
- Crime Fiction and Migration
- Crime Fiction and Authoritarianism
- Crime Fiction and Digital Media
- Crime Fiction and the Future
Jesper Gulddal and Stewart King
Heather Duerre Humann
Robert Prickett and Casey A. Cothran
Karen Seago and Victoria Lei
Part II: Devices
J. C. Bernthal
Part III: Interfaces
Kate M. Quinn
Cynthia S. Hamilton
José V. Saval
Tanja Välisalo, Maarit Piipponen, Helen Mäntymäki and Aino-Kaisa Koistinen
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.