Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World

Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World

Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and truth that arise in postcolonial and ...

Author: Nels Pearson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317151968

Category: Literary Criticism

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Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and truth that arise in postcolonial and transnational communities. While detective fiction has been linked to imperialism and constructions of race from its earliest origins, recent developments signal the evolution of the genre into a potent framework for narrating the complexities of identity, citizenship, and justice in a postcolonial world. Among the authors considered are Vikram Chandra, Gabriel García Márquez, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick Chamoiseau, Mario Vargas Llosa, Suki Kim, and Walter Mosley. The essays explore detective stories set in Latin America, the Caribbean, India, and North America, including novels that view the American metropolis from the point of view of Asian American, African American, or Latino characters. Offering ten new and original essays by scholars in the field, this volume highlights the diverse employment of detective fictions internationally, and uncovers important political and historical subtexts of popular crime novels.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story

Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story

Gina Macdonald and Andrew Macdonald, “Ethnic Detectives in Popular Fiction: New Directions for an American Genre,” in Multicultural Detective Fiction, p. 60. 7. Ed Christian, “Introducing the Post-Colonial Detective; Putting Marginality ...

Author: Julie H. Kim

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786421756

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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"The ten essays in this work examine the changing nature of British detective fiction. British detective writers are overwhelmingly white, and the essays here explore how these authors delve into ethnic diversity without the benefit of first-hand experien
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Post Colonial Detective

The Post Colonial Detective

The essays present post-colonial detection as an exciting hybrid of western-influenced police methods and plot conventions with indigenous cultural insights and wisdom in exotic settings.

Author: NA NA

Publisher: Crime Files

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025200887

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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What happens to detective fiction when the detective is "post-colonial," a marginalized native or settler in a country recovering from colonialism? This introduction to the peculiarities of the post-colonial detective and to post-colonial theory establishes a context in which to view more than a dozen notable detectives and authors from around the world. The essays present post-colonial detection as an exciting hybrid of western-influenced police methods and plot conventions with indigenous cultural insights and wisdom in exotic settings.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Postcolonial Postmortems

Postcolonial Postmortems

The postcolonial crime or detective novel has only recently been identified as a subject worthy of closer critical attention. In 'Introducing the Post-Colonial Detective',2 Ed Christian suggests that this genre relies on Western generic ...

Author: Christine Matzke

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042020146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 337

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Recent crime fiction increasingly transcends national boundaries, with investigators operating across countries and continents. Frequently, the detective is a migrant or comes from a transcultural background. To solve the crime, the investigator is called upon to decipher the meaning(s) hidden in clues and testimonies that require transcultural forms of understanding. For the reader, the investigation discloses new interpretive methods and processes of social investigation, often challenging facile interpretations of the postcolonial world order. Under the rubric 'postcolonial postmortems', this collection of essays seeks to explore the tropes, issues and themes that characterise this emergent form of crime fiction. But what does the 'postcolonial' bring to the genre apart from the well-known, and valid, discourses of resistance, subversion and ethnicity? And why 'postmortems'? A dissection and medical examination of a body to determine the cause of death, the 'postmortem' of the postcolonial not only alludes to the investigation of the victim's remains, but also to the body of the individual text and its contexts. This collection interrogates literary concepts of postcoloniality and crime from transcultural perspectives in the attempt to offer new critical impulses to the study of crime fiction and postcolonial literatures. International scholars offer insights into the 'postcolonial postmortems' of a wide range of texts by authors from Africa, South Asia, the Asian and African Diaspora, and Australia, including Robert G. Barrett, Unity Dow, Wessel Ebersohn, Romesh Gunesekera, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sujata Massey, Alexander McCall Smith and Michael Ondaatje.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel

The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel

Postcolonial. Crime. Novel. Colonial Beginnings Crime fiction is both massively popular and worldwide: it seems inevitable that ... especially in its detective-focused mode, has had quasi-imperial power in the publishing market and also ...

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ISBN: 9781107132818

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A Companion to Crime Fiction

A Companion to Crime Fiction

The postcolonial detective often lives in this space. He or she has the power to oppress others provided by Western police methods and the detective's own position within society, often as a member of the police force.

Author: Charles J. Rzepka

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119675778

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 552

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A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the globe make this Companion the definitive guide to crime fiction Follows the development of the genre from its origins in the eighteenth century through to its phenomenal present day popularity Features full-length critical essays on the most significant authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field Includes extensive references to the most up-to-date scholarship, and a comprehensive bibliography
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction

Add to this the problems of defining “postcolonial” – the predominant rubric under which world fiction is now studied – and the difficulties multiply. These matters are discussed in interesting detail in The Post-Colonial Detective ...

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405192446

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1536

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This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)
Categories: Literary Criticism

Sherlock Holmes in Context

Sherlock Holmes in Context

Referring here to the detective figures who employ alternative and context-specific detecting methods to investigate crimes in a postcolonial and transnational setting, Pearson and Singer conclude that metropolitan social norms and ...

Author: Sam Naidu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137555953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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This book of interdisciplinary essays serves to situate the original Sherlock Holmes, and his various adaptations, in a contemporary cultural context. This collection is prompted by three main and related questions: firstly, why is Sherlock Holmes such an enduring and ubiquitous cultural icon; secondly, why is it that Sherlock Holmes, nearly 130 years after his birth, is enjoying such a spectacular renaissance; and, thirdly, what sort of communities, imagined or otherwise, have arisen around this figure since the most recent resurrections of Sherlock Holmes by popular media? Covering various media and genres (TV, film, literature, theatre) and scholarly approaches, this comprehensive collection offers cogent answers to these questions.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Mia Couto

A Companion to Mia Couto

That categorization prompts us also to contextualize Couto's work in terms of postcolonial detective fiction.1 There has been a great deal of work that discusses postcolonial detective fiction or more generally frames detective fiction ...

Author: Grant Hamilton

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781847011459

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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This new research in English on the work of the Mozambican writer Mia Couto provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical terrain of Couto's literary thought.
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The Post colonial Detective

The Post colonial Detective

Author: Ed Christian

Publisher:

ISBN: 0333714717

Category: Decolonization in literature

Page: 209

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Categories: Decolonization in literature