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A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the globe make this Companion the definitive guide to crime fiction Follows the development of the genre from its origins in the eighteenth century through to its phenomenal present day popularity Features full-length critical essays on the most significant authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field Includes extensive references to the most up-to-date scholarship, and a comprehensive bibliography
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  • Hardback | 648 pages
  • 179 x 255 x 40mm | 1,380g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • w. photographs.
  • 1405167653
  • 9781405167659
  • 403,566

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This cutting edge Companion brings together a series of forty-seven original essays from some of the world's leading authorities to provide the definitive guide to crime fiction from its origins in the eighteenth century to its phenomenal present day popularity

Part one of the volume follows the development of crime fiction over the last three centuries, examining the traditions and conventions of the genre, as well as its cultural and social contexts, before moving on, in part two, to explore the different types of genres and subgenres that have emerged. The final chapters profile twenty of the most significant crime writers and film makers - from William Godwin to Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie to Martin Scorsese - examining the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field.
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Table of contents

List of Figures ix Notes on Contributors xi Introduction: What Is Crime Fiction? 1 Charles J. Rzepka Part I History, Criticism, Culture 11 1 From The Newgate Calendar to Sherlock Holmes 13 Heather Worthington 2 From Sherlock Holmes to the Present 28 Lee Horsley 3 Criticism and Theory 43 Heta Pyrhonen 4 Crime and the Mass Media 57 Alain Silver and James Ursini 5 Crime Fiction and the Literary Canon 76 Joel Black Part II Genre of a Thousand Faces 91 6 The Newgate Novel and the Police Casebook 93 Lauren Gillingham 7 From Sensation to the Strand 105 Christopher Pittard 8 The "Classical" Model of the Golden Age 117 Susan Rowland 9 Early American Crime Fiction: Origins to Urban Gothic 128 Alexander Moudrov 10 The "Hard-boiled" Genre 140 Andrew Pepper 11 The Pursuit of Crime: Characters in Crime Fiction 152 Carl Malmgren 12 Crime, Forensics, and Modern Science 164 Sarah Dauncey 13 The Police Novel 175 Peter Messent 14 Noir and the Psycho Thriller 187 Philip Simpson 15 True Crime 198 David Schmid 16 Gangs and Mobs 210 Jonathan Munby 17 Historical Crime and Detection 222 Ray B. Browne 18 Crime and the Spy Genre 233 David Seed 19 Crime and the Gothic 245 Catherine Spooner 20 Feminist Crime Fiction and Female Sleuths 258 Adrienne E. Gavin 21 African-American Detection and Crime Fiction 270 Frankie Bailey 22 Ethnic Postcolonial Crime and Detection (Anglophone) 283 Ed Christian 23 Crime Writing in Other Languages 296 Sue Neale 24 Postmodern and Metaphysical Detection 308 Patricia Merivale 25 Crime and Detective Literature for Young Readers 321 Christopher Routledge 26 Crime in Comics and the Graphic Novel 332 Arthur Fried 27 Criminal Investigation on Film 344 Philippa Gates Part III Artists at Work 357 Fiction 359 28 William Godwin (1756--1836) 361 Philip Shaw 29 Edgar Allan Poe (1809--1849) 369 Maurice S. Lee 30 Wilkie Collins (1824--1889) 381 Andrew Mangham 31 Arthur Conan Doyle (1859--1930) 390 John A. Hodgson 32 Raymond Chandler (1888--1959) 403 Leroy Lad Panek 33 Agatha Christie (1890--1976) 415 Merja Makinen 34 James M. Cain (1892--1977) 427 William Marling 35 Dorothy L. Sayers (1893--1957) 438 Esme Miskimmin 36 Dashiell Hammett (1894--1961) 450 Jasmine Yong Hall 37 Jorge Luis Borges (1899--1986) 462 Alicia Borinsky 38 Chester Himes (1909--1984) 475 Stephen Soitos 39 David Goodis (1917--1967) 487 David Schmid 40 P. D. James (1920--) 495 Louise Harrington 41 Patricia Highsmith (1921--1995) 503 Bran Nicol 42 Elmore Leonard (1925--) 510 Charles J. Rzepka 43 Sara Paretsky (1947--) 523 Malcah Effron 44 Walter Mosley (1952--) 531 John Gruesser Film 539 45 Alfred Hitchcock (1899--1980) 541 Nick Haeffner 46 Martin Scorsese (1942--) 553 Mark Desmond Nicholls 47 John Woo (1946--) 562 Karen Fang Conclusion 570 Charles J. Rzepka and Lee Horsley References 574 Index 599
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"Including a helpful introduction by Rzepka and conclusion by botheditors, the volume is a welcome addition to the impressive"Blackwell Companion to Literature and Culture" series and toscholarship on crime and detective literature. Summing Up:Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty andprofessionals; general readers. " (Choice, 1July 2011)
"Whilst the editors admit that the collection is not entirelyrepresentative (there is no mention of Japanese manga, forinstance, or any consideration of hybrids of crime and sciencefiction), this companion offers an encyclopaedic account of crimefiction and its generic cross-fertilisations, and is an essentialguide for students and scholars alike." (Routledge ABES, 2011)

"This substantial and informative book covers a wide variety ofthemes within the genre and also a long time span from theeighteenth century to the present . . . It will give allaficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment. It is indeed a trustycompanion that will entertain and add to our knowledge." (ReferenceReviews, 2011)

"It will give all aficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment.It is indeed a trusty companion that will entertain and add to ourknowledge." (Languages & Literature, 2011)

"Several of the contributors praise books and authors long out ofprint. Hopefully, this companion will encourage readers andlibrarians to hunt them down and enjoy." (Book News, 1 March2011)

"In all, despite its shortcomings in terms of narratology and afew logical inconsistencies, Rzepka and Horsley s Companion toCrime Fiction offers a broad-ranging and well-argued introductionto this field of popular culture. Beginning students will certainlyprofit from its thematic diversity and wide historical reach."(Kult Online, 2011)

" A Companion to Crime Fiction goes into enormous detailbut is reasonably easy to read. It is not an academic-styledbook but a guide to how crime fiction has developed over time toaccommodate an increasingly demanding audience/reader. Withessays from some of the most educated scholars in this field ofresearch, the reader gains a greater understanding in terms of ageneral overview of the genre, individual authors and producers offilm, the blurred lines between crime fiction and other genres andan in depth, well researched analysis of crime fiction itself."( M/C Reviews , November 2010)
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"A Companion to Crime Fiction goes into enormous detail but is reasonably easy to read. It is not an academic-styled book but a guide to how crime fiction has developed over time to accommodate an increasingly demanding audience/reader. With essays from some of the most educated scholars in this field of research, the reader gains a greater understanding in terms of a general overview of the genre, individual authors and producers of film, the blurred lines between crime fiction and other genres and an in depth, well researched analysis of crime fiction itself." (M/C Reviews, November 2010)
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About Charles J. Rzepka

Charles Rzepka is Professor of English at Boston University, where he teaches and writes on British Romanticism, popular culture, and detective and crime fiction. His publications include The Self as Mind (1986), Sacramental Commodities (1995), Detective Fiction (2005), and Essays, Inventions, Interventions (2010). Lee Horsley is Reader in Literature and Culture at Lancaster University, where she teaches two specialist crime courses. Her publications include Political Fiction and the Historical Imagination (1990), Fictions of Power in English Literature 1900-1950 (1995) Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction (2005), and an expanded paperback edition of the 2001 publication The Noir Thriller (2009).
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