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Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
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Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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ISBN-13:
9780199658787
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.06.2015
Seiten:
134
Autor:
Richard Bradford
Gewicht:
120 g
Format:
175x111x15 mm
Serie:
Very Short Introductions
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Since the mid-19th century crime fiction has been one of the most popular sub-genres of the novel. In this Very Short Introduction, Richard Bradford explores its origins and the features that define its varied style. He considers its role in popular culture around the world and considers why its classification as 'literature' is still ambiguous.
1 Origins; 2 The two ages: Golden and Hard Boiled; 3 Transitions; 4 International crime fiction; 5 Gender; 6 Cousins of crime: spy ficiton, the thriller, and legal drama; 7 Epilogue: Can crime fiction be taken seriously?; Further reading; Index
Crime fiction has been one of the most popular genres since the 19th century, but has roots in works as varied as Sophocles, Herodotus, and Shakespeare. In this Very Short Introduction Richard Bradford explores the history of the genre, by considering the various definitions of 'crime fiction' and looking at how it has developed over time. Discussing the popularity of crime fiction worldwide and its various styles; the role that gender plays within thegenre; spy fiction, and legal dramas and thrillers; he explores how the crime novel was shaped by the work of British and American authors in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Highlighting the works of notorious authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Raymond Chandler - to name but a few - he considers the role of the crime novel in modern popular culture and asks whether we can, and whether we should, consider crime fiction serious 'literature'.

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