Contemporary Crime Fiction: Crossing Boundaries, Merging Genres
This unique and timely book presents nine compelling essays on contemporary crime fiction, bringing innovative and fresh perspectives to the analysis of this most popular and vibrant literary genre. Investigating contemporary crime fiction and the critical debates surrounding its reception and production, the introductory chapter sets the scene for the subsequent analyses of distinct crime fiction topics, themes and authors. The topics include the experimental detective narrative, race and ethnicity, historical crime fiction, domestic noir, feminism and crime, environmental crime, and the poetics of place. Authors examined here range from Ian Rankin, Gillian Flynn, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Robert Galbraith, Nancy Bilyeau, and Martha Grimes, to Tana French, Dale Furutani, and J.G. Ballard, and more. Informed by the latest critical debates and theoretical perspectives in the field, this volume presents an invaluable source of information and criticism on crime fiction for students, researchers and academics alike.
Dr Charlotte Beyer, SFHEA, is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. She has published widely on crime fiction, women’s writing, and contemporary literature, and is the author of a monograph on the crime short story, Murder in a Few Words (2020). She is also the author and editor of Teaching Crime Fiction (2018), Mothers Without Their Children (with Andrea Robertson, 2019), Travellin’ Mama: Mothers, Mothering, and Travel (with Janet MacLennan, Dorsia Smith Silva, and Marjorie Tesser, 2019), and Mothers Who Kill (with Josephine Savarese, 2022). She is the Editor-in-Chief of the book series Teaching the New English, and serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals American, British and Canadian Studies, Feminist Encounters, and The New Americanist.
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