Crime Fiction provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide-ranging and hugely popular literary genre. Using examples from a variety of novels, short stories, films and televisions series, John Scaggs:
*presents a concise history of crime fiction - from biblical narratives to James Ellroy - broadening the genre to include revenge tragedy and the gothic novel
*explores the key sub-genres of crime fiction, such as ''Rational Criminal Investigation'', The Hard-Boiled Mode'', ''The Police Procedural'' and ''Historical Crime Fiction''
*locates texts and their recurring themes and motifs in a wider social and historical context
*outlines the various critical concepts that are central to the study of crime fiction, including gender, narrative theory and film theory
*considers contemporary television series like C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation alongside the ''classic'' whodunnits of Agatha Christie.
Accessible and clear, this comprehensive overview is the essential guide for all those studying crime fiction and concludes with a look at future directions for the genre in the twentieth-first century.
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Taylor & Francis
June 12, 2005
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