Sara Paretsky : Detective Fiction as Trauma Literature, Hardback Book

Sara Paretsky : Detective Fiction as Trauma Literature Hardback

Part of the Contemporary American and Canadian Writers series

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Sara Paretsky is known for her influential V.I. Warshawski series, which transformed the masculine hard-boiled detective formula into a vehicle for feminist values.

But Paretsky does more than this. Her novels also illustrate the extent to which detective fiction acts as a literature of trauma, allowing Paretsky to address the politics of agency in ways that go beyond the personal, for trauma always has a social and a political dimension.

Paretsky's work also exploits the way detective fiction mirrors the writing of history.

Here, Paretsky uses the form to expose the partiality of historical accounts - whether they be personal, institutional, or national - that authorise 'forgetting' of a particularly insidious kind.

Significantly, all these issues are explored within the framework of the traditional hard-boiled detective novel.

As a result, Paretsky's achievement forces us to acknowledge the deeply subversive potential of detective fiction. -- .

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