A counter-history of crime fiction: supernatural, gothic, sensational

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 16, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 222 pages
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Nominated for the Mystery Writers of America 'Edgar Awards'! A Counter-History of Crime Fictiontakes a new look at the evolution of crime fiction, drawing on material from the Middle Ages up to the early Twentieth century, when the genre was theoretically defined as detective fiction. Considering 'criminography' as a system of inter-related, even incestuous, sub-genres, Maurizio Ascari explores the connections between modes of literature such as revenge tragedies and providential fictions, the gothic and the ghost story, urban mysteries and anarchist fiction, while taking into account the influence of pseudo-sciences such as mesmerism and criminal anthropology.

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Revising the Canon of Crime and Detection
Detection before Detection
Persecution and Omniscience

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MAURIZIO ASCARI is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bologna, Italy. His publications include books and essays on anarchist fiction, the formation of the literary canon and travel writing.