Traces, Codes, and Clues: Reading Race in Crime Fiction

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Rutgers University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 213 pages
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Since 1975, many white women and people of colour have written works of crime fiction. Readers worldwide clamour for adventures featuring detectives of colour, such as Barbara Neely's Blanche White and Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins. Mysteries, considered light reading also hold important cultural and social clues. Much contemporary scholarly work has demonstrated that race is both a cultural fiction - not a biological reality - and a central organizing principle of experience. Popular writers are likely to reflect the conventions of their own historical situations.

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