Criminal Proceedings

Criminal Proceedings : The Contemporary American Crime Novel

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Criminal Proceedings offers a comprehensive view of some of the most important developments in crime fiction. The contributors explore the significant new directions which the genre has recently taken and examine their importance in terms of American cultural self-definition as they tap into contemporary concerns about place, identity, gender, race, oppression and justice.In particular, the contributors focus on the ways in which new multicultural perspectives are now challenging the predominantly white, male tradition. The work of some of America's best crime writers are examined, including Patricia Cornwell, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosely and Barbara Wilson. The proliferation of sub-genres, such as court and police procedurals, is also examined. Criminal Proceedings is a fascinating survey of one of the liveliest and most distinctively American of literary genres.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 28.19mm | 453.59g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745310176
  • 9780745310176

About Peter Messent

Peter Messent is Reader in the Modern American Novel at the University of Nottingham and has written widely on contemporary American fiction.show more

Review quote

'This welcome collection of essays will be of use to almost anyone interested in the field and its contemporary state' -- Jopi Nyman, European Association for American Studies 'The collection assembles a wide variety of both types of lawman and law-woman, including racist, misogynistic cops, Navajo police (one with traditional religious interests), feminists PIs, and Western detectives - along with assorted lawyers and FBI agents... What does unite the contributors, apart from their ability to write accessible yet sophisticated prose, is their professionalism' -- Ralph Willett, Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 'A wonderfully perverse book' -- Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: From Private Eye to Police Procedural - The Logic of Contemporary Crime Fiction by Peter Messent 2. Criminal Suits: Style and Surveillance, Strategy and Tactics in Elmore Leonard by Barry Taylor 3. Black Noir: Race and Urban Space in Walter Mosley's Detective Fiction by Liam Kennedy 4. V. I. Warshawski, Kinsey Millhone and Kay Scarpetta: The Creation of a Feminist Detective Hero by Sabine Vanacker 5. The Lesbian Thriller: Transgressive Investigations by Paulina Palmer 6. Policing the Margins: Barbara Wilson's Gaudi Afternoon and Troubles in Transylvania by Christopher Gair 7. Reading the Signs: Detection and Anthropology in the Work of Tony Hillerman by David Murray 8. The Last Good Place; James Crumley, the West and the Detective Novel by John Harvey 9. James Ellroy, Los Angeles and the Spectacular Crisis of Masculinity by Josh Cohen 10. Law Crimes: The Legal Fictions of John Grisham and Scott Turow by Nick Heffernan 11. Watching the Detectives: Body Images, Sexual Politics and Ideology in Contemporary Crime Film by Brian Jarvis Selected Bibliography Notes on Contributors Indexshow more