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A companion to crime fiction [electronic resource] /
edited by Charles J. Rzepka and Lee Horsley.
imprint
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
description
xviii, 629 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1405167653, 9781405167659 (hc : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
isbn
1405167653
9781405167659 (hc : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
From The Newgate calendar to Sherlock Holmes / Heather Worthington -- From Sherlock Holmes to the present / Lee Horsley -- Criticism and theory / Heta Pyrhonen -- Crime and the mass media / Alain Silver, James Ursini -- Crime fiction and the literary canon / Joel Black -- The Newgate novel and the police casebook / Lauren Gillingham -- From sensation to the Strand / Christopher Pittard -- The "classical" model of the golden age / Susan Rowland -- Early American crime fiction : origins to urban gothic / Alexander Moudrov -- The "hard-boiled" genre / Andrew Pepper -- The pursuit of crime : characters in crime fiction / Carl Malmgren -- Crime, forensics, and modern science / Sarah Dauncey -- The police novel / Peter Messent -- Noir and the psycho-thriller / Philip Simpson -- True crime / David Schmid -- Gangs and mobs / Jonathan Munby -- Historical crime and detection / Ray B. Browne -- Crime and the spy genre / David Seed -- Crime and the gothic / Catherine Spooner -- Feminist crime fiction and female sleuths / Adrienne Gavin -- African-American detection and crime fiction / Frankie Bailey -- Ethnic postcolonial crime and detection (Anglophone) / Ed Christian -- Crime writing in other languages / Sue Neale -- Postmodern and metaphysical detection / Patricia Merivale -- Crime and detective literature for young readers / Christopher Routledge -- Crime in comics and the graphic novel / Arthur Fried -- Criminal investigation on film / Philippa Gates -- William Godwin (1756-1836) / Philip Shaw -- Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) / Maurice Lee -- Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) / Andrew Mangham -- Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) / John Hodgson -- Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) / Leroy Panek -- Agatha Christie (1890-1976) / Merja Makinen -- James M. Cain (1892-1977) / William Marling -- Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) / Esme Miskimmin -- Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) / Jasmine Hall -- Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) / Alicia Borinsky -- Chester Himes (1909-1984) / Stephen Soitos -- David Goodis (1917-1967) / David Schmid -- P.D. James (1920- ) / Louise Harrington -- Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) / Bran Nicol -- Elmore Leonard (1925- ) / Charles J. Rzepka -- Sara Paretsky (1947- ) / Malcah Effron -- Walter Mosley (1952- ) / John Gruesser -- Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) / Nick Haeffner -- Martin Scorsese (1942- ) / Mark Desmond Nicholls -- John Woo (1946- ) / Karen Fang.
catalogue key
7875364
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-07-01:
Rzepka (Boston Univ.) and Horsley (Lancaster Univ., UK) bring together 47 original essays, by an impressive assembly of scholars, dealing with a range of issues related to detective and crime fiction. The first two sections (27 essays) take up the history, culture, and origins of the genre, which began in the 18th century with The Newgate Calendar (originally a monthly bulletin of executions produced by the keeper of London's Newgate Prison). Of particular interest here are pieces dealing with feminist and African American fictions and postcolonial responses to the genre. The 20 essays in section 3, "Artists at Work," center on individual authors--including such major figures as Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Patricia Highsmith, and also contemporary figures Sara Paretsky, Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosley, and P. D. James--and cinematic representations. Including a helpful introduction by Rzepka and conclusion by both editors, the volume is a welcome addition to the impressive "Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture" series and to scholarship on crime and detective literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. D. W. Madden California State University, Sacramento
Reviews
Review Quotes
" A Companion to Crime Fiction goes into enormous detail but is reasonably easy to read. It is not an academic-styled book but a guide to how crime fiction has developed over time to accommodate an increasingly demanding audience/reader. With essays from some of the most educated scholars in this field of research, the reader gains a greater understanding in terms of a general overview of the genre, individual authors and producers of film, the blurred lines between crime fiction and other genres and an in depth, well researched analysis of crime fiction itself." ( M/C Reviews , November 2010)
"Including a helpful introduction by Rzepka and conclusion by both editors, the volume is a welcome addition to the impressive "Blackwell Companion to Literature and Culture" series and to scholarship on crime and detective literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. " (Choice, 1July 2011) "Whilst the editors admit that the collection is not entirely representative (there is no mention of Japanese manga, for instance, or any consideration of hybrids of crime and science fiction), this companion offers an encyclopaedic account of crime fiction and its generic cross-fertilisations, and is an essential guide for students and scholars alike." (Routledge ABES, 2011) "This substantial and informative book covers a wide variety of themes within the genre and also a long time span from the eighteenth century to the present . . . It will give all aficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment. It is indeed a trusty companion that will entertain and add to our knowledge." (Reference Reviews, 2011) "It will give all aficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment. It is indeed a trusty companion that will entertain and add to our knowledge." (Languages & Literature, 2011) "Several of the contributors praise books and authors long out of print. Hopefully, this companion will encourage readers and librarians to hunt them down and enjoy." (Book News, 1 March 2011) "In all, despite its shortcomings in terms of narratology and a few logical inconsistencies, Rzepka and Horsley's Companion to Crime Fiction offers a broad-ranging and well-argued introduction to this field of popular culture. Beginning students will certainly profit from its thematic diversity and wide historical reach." (Kult Online, 2011) " A Companion to Crime Fiction goes into enormous detail but is reasonably easy to read. It is not an academic-styled book but a guide to how crime fiction has developed over time to accommodate an increasingly demanding audience/reader. With essays from some of the most educated scholars in this field of research, the reader gains a greater understanding in terms of a general overview of the genre, individual authors and producers of film, the blurred lines between crime fiction and other genres and an in depth, well researched analysis of crime fiction itself." ( M/C Reviews , November 2010)
"Including a helpful introduction by Rzepka and conclusion by both editors, the volume is a welcome addition to the impressive "Blackwell Companion to Literature and Culture" series and to scholarship on crime and detective literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. " (Choice, 1July 2011) "Whilst the editors admit that the collection is not entirely representative (there is no mention of Japanese manga, for instance, or any consideration of hybrids of crime and science fiction), this companion offers an encyclopaedic account of crime fiction and its generic cross-fertilisations, and is an essential guide for students and scholars alike." (Routledge ABES, 2011) "This substantial and informative book covers a wide variety of themes within the genre and also a long time span from the eighteenth century to the present . . . It will give all aficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment. It is indeed a trusty companion that will entertain and add to our knowledge." (Reference Reviews, 2011) "It will give all aficionados of the genre hours of enjoyment. It is indeed a trusty companion that will entertain and add to our knowledge." (Languages & Literature, 2011) "Several of the contributors praise books and authors long out of print. Hopefully, this companion will encourage readers and librarians to hunt them down and enjoy." (Book News, 1 March 2011) "In all, despite its shortcomings in terms of narratology and a few logical inconsistencies, Rzepka and Horsleys Companion to Crime Fiction offers a broad-ranging and well-argued introduction to this field of popular culture. Beginning students will certainly profit from its thematic diversity and wide historical reach." (Kult Online, 2011) " A Companion to Crime Fiction goes into enormous detail but is reasonably easy to read. It is not an academic-styled book but a guide to how crime fiction has developed over time to accommodate an increasingly demanding audience/reader. With essays from some of the most educated scholars in this field of research, the reader gains a greater understanding in terms of a general overview of the genre, individual authors and producers of film, the blurred lines between crime fiction and other genres and an in depth, well researched analysis of crime fiction itself." ( M/C Reviews , November 2010)
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Summaries
Main Description
A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present dayA 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
Back Cover Copy
This cutting edge Companion brings together a series of forty-seven original essays from some of the world's leading authorities to provide the definitive guide to crime fiction from its origins in the eighteenth century to its phenomenal present day popularity Part one of the volume follows the development of crime fiction over the last three centuries, examining the traditions and conventions of the genre, as well as its cultural and social contexts, before moving on, in part two, to explore the different types of genres and subgenres that have emerged. The final chapters profile twenty of the most significant crime writers and film makers - from William Godwin to Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie to Martin Scorsese - examining the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field.
Long Description
This cutting edge Companion brings together a series of forty-seven original essays from some of the world's leading authorities to provide the definitive guide to crime fiction from its origins in the eighteenth century to its phenomenal present day popularityPart one of the volume follows the development of crime fiction over the last three centuries, examining the traditions and conventions of the genre, as well as its cultural and social contexts, before moving on, in part two, to explore the different types of genres and subgenres that have emerged. The final chapters profile twenty of the most significant crime writers and film makers - from William Godwin to Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie to Martin Scorsese - examining the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field.
Main Description
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
Bowker Data Service Summary
A guide to the popular genre, 'A Companion to Crime Fiction' traces its origins in the 18th century to the present day. It brings together a series of 47 original essays from some of the world's leading authorities.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What is Crime Fiction?
History, Criticism, Culture
From the Newgate Calendar to Sherlock Holmes
From Sherlock Holmes to the Present
Criticism and Theory -
Crime and the Mass Media
Crime Fiction and the Literary Canon
Genre of a Thousand Faces
The Newgate Novel and the Police Casebook - Lauren Gillingham
From Sensation to The Strand
The "Classical" Model of the Golden Age
Early American Crime Fiction: Origins to Urban Gothic
The "Hard-Boiled" Genre
The Pursuit of Crime: Characters in Crime Fiction
Crime, Forensics, and Modern Science
Police Novel
Noir and the Psycho-Thriller
True Crime
Gangs and Mobs
Historical Crime and Detection
Crime and the Spy genre
Crime and the Gothic
Feminist Crime Fiction and Female Sleuths
African-American Detection and Crime Fiction
Ethnic Postcolonial Crime and Detection (Anglophone)
Crime Writing in Other Languages
Postmodern and Metaphysical Detection
Crime and Detective Literature for Young Readers
Crime in Comics and the Graphic Novel
Criminal Investigation on Film
Artists at Work
Fiction:
William Godwin (1756-1836)
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)
Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
James M. Cain (1892-1977)
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)
Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961)
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
Chester Himes (1909-1984)
David Goodis (1917-1967)
P. D. James (1920- )
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995)
Elmore Leonard (1925- ) -Charles J. Rzepka
Sara Paretsky (1947- )
Walter Mosley (1952- )
Film:
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)
Martin Scorsese (1942- )
John Woo (1946- )
Conclusion
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