Unwilling Executioner : Crime Fiction and the State, Hardback Book


What gives crime fiction its distinctive shape and form?

What makes it such a compelling vehicle of social and political critique?

Unwilling Executioner argues that the answer lies in the emerging genre's complex and intimate relationship with the bureaucratic state and modern capitalism, and the contradictions that ensue once the state assumes control of the criminal justice system.

This study offers a dramatic new interpretation of the genre's emergence and evolution over a three hundred year period and as a genuinely transnational phenomenon.

From its roots in the tales of criminality circulated widely in Paris and London in the early eighteenth century, this book examines the extraordinary richness, diversity and complexity of the genre's subsequent thematizations of crime and policing-moving from France and Britain and from continental Europe and the United States to other parts of the globe.

In doing so it offers new ways of reading established crime novelists like Gaboriau, Doyle, Hammet


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780198716181


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