Crime Fiction

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 14, 2005 - Fiction - 184 pages
2 Reviews
Crime Fiction provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide-ranging and hugely popular literary genre. Using examples from a variety of novels, short stories, films and televisions series, John Scaggs:
*presents a concise history of crime fiction - from biblical narratives to James Ellroy - broadening the genre to include revenge tragedy and the gothic novel
*explores the key sub-genres of crime fiction, such as 'Rational Criminal Investigation', The Hard-Boiled Mode', 'The Police Procedural' and 'Historical Crime Fiction'
*locates texts and their recurring themes and motifs in a wider social and historical context
*outlines the various critical concepts that are central to the study of crime fiction, including gender, narrative theory and film theory
*considers contemporary television series like C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation alongside the 'classic' whodunnits of Agatha Christie.
Accessible and clear, this comprehensive overview is the essential guide for all those studying crime fiction and concludes with a look at future directions for the genre in the twentieth-first century.

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User Review  - Rebecca Martin - Goodreads

Absolutely the best short introduction to crime writing. It offers history, analysis and a tour of variations on crime writing, and is up-to-the-minute in its examples. Useful for anyone who is interested in crime writing in a slightly analytical way. Read full review

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User Review  - Maxime - Goodreads

I only read the parts I was interested in. And I can only say that the author has done his homework regarding crime fiction, and he is quite reliable, but I found the text repetitive and I couldn't locate the author's thesis. Read full review

About the author (2005)

John Scaggs is a Lecturer in the Department of English at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland. His research interests include Modern Fiction, with a particular emphasis on crime fiction and revenge tragedy, the Gothic and Literary Theory.

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