Catalogue


Crime fiction in the city : capital crimes /
edited by Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps.
imprint
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2013, c2013
description
xi, 149 p.; 25 cm
ISBN
0708325866, 9780708325865
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imprint
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2013, c2013
isbn
0708325866
9780708325865
catalogue key
8916528
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Review Quotes
"This exciting new collection reconsiders and rereads the significance of location in crime fiction. Cities and crime have always been inextricably connected: city living engenders crime in its juxtaposition of wealth and poverty, and in the anonymity and alienation of the individual in the mass. Crime Fiction in the City takes this as its beginning, and goes on to consider the national and identity politics inherent in locating crime fiction in cities. Importantly, the focus is not just on the capital cities of London, Paris, and Rome, which have long been associated with the genre, but on cities such as Cardiff and Edinburgh, Dublin and Stockholm, which are more immediately concerned with emerging national identities. Opening with crime writer Ian Rankin's exposition on Edinburgh and closing with Professor Stephen Knight's exploration of the nineteenth-century crime-inflected The Mysteries of the Cities , the collection has both academic rigor and popular appeal."
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Summaries
Main Description
Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes expands upon previous studies of urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city-a repository of authority, national identity, and culture-within crime fiction. The essays examine a broad array of crime writing set in capital cities, from the nineteenth-century gothic city mysteries of Paris, London, and Rome, to contemporary fiction located in newly devolved centers of power like Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Stockholm. The collection brings together academics and creative writers, including an opening reflective essay by Ian Rankin.
Main Description
Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes expands upon previous studies of the urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city-a repository of authority, national identity, and culture-within crime fiction. The essays examine a broad array of crime writing set in capital cities, from the nineteenth-century gothic city mysteries of Paris, London, and Rome, to contemporary fiction located in newly devolved centers of power like Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Stockholm. The collection brings together academics and creative writers, including an opening reflective essay by Ian Rankin.
Main Description
Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes expands upon previous studies of urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city--a repository of authority, national identity, and culture--within crime fiction. The essays examine a broad array of crime writing set in capital cities, from the nineteenth-century gothic city mysteries of Paris, London, and Rome, to contemporary fiction located in newly devolved centers of power like Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Stockholm. The collection brings together academics and creative writers, including an opening reflective essay by Ian Rankin.
Main Description
A collection of academic essays by literary critics and writers of crime fiction - including a reflective essay by Ian Rankin on his own work - that explores the relationship between crime fiction and the urban spaces of the capital city.
Long Description
Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes expands upon previous studies of the urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city, a repository of authority, national identity and culture, within crime fiction. This wide-ranging collection looks at capital cities across Europe, from the more traditional centres of power Paris, Rome and London to Europe's most northern capital, Stockholm, and also considers the newly devolved capitals, Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The texts under consideration span the nineteenth-century city mysteries to contemporary populist crime fiction. The collection opens with a reflective essay by Ian Rankin and aims to inaugurate a dialogue between Anglophone and European crime writing; to explore the marginalised works of Irish and Welsh writers alongside established European crime writers and to interrogate the relationship between fact and fiction, creativity and criticism, within the crime genre.
Author Comments
Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps are PhD students and postgraduate tutors at Cardiff University.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Edinburgh
'The map that engenders the territory'? Rethinking Ian Rankin's Edinburgh
Corralling Crime in Cardiff's Tiger Bay
Crimes and Contradictions: the Fictional City of Dublin
From National Authority to Urban Underbelly: Negotiations of Power in Stockholm Crime Fiction
Streets and Squares, Quartiers and Arrondissements: Paris Crime Scenes and the Poetics of Contestation in the Novels of Jean-Fran├žois Vilar
The Mysteries of the Vatican: From Nineteenth-Century Anti-Clerical Propaganda to Dan Brown's Religious Thrillers
A Tale of Three Cities: Megalopolitan Mysteries of the Eighteen-Forties
Conclusion
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