Crime Fiction Paperback / softback
by John Scaggs
Part of the The New Critical Idiom series
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 novelexplores 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 contextoutlines the various critical concepts that are central to the study of crime fiction, including gender, narrative theory and film theoryconsiders 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 184 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/01/2005
- Category: Literature: history & criticism
- ISBN: 9780415318242
- Hardback from £67.65