Crime Scene Spain: Essays on Post-Franco Crime Fiction

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Renée W. Craig-Odders, Jacky Collins
McFarland, Jul 15, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
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This essay collection examines the changing cultural, political and physical landscape of Spain as represented in Spanish crime fiction of the last three decades. The first several essays focus on crime fiction set in Barcelona and look at, among other topics, the symbiotic relationship between the city and the detective in Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma's long-running Inspector Mendez series, Manuel Vazquez Montalban's treatments of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, and place and identity in Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett's Petra Delicado series. Other essays examine regional and cultural illiteracy in Jorge Martinez Reverte's Galvez series and Spain's changing urban centers as represented in Andreu Martin's El blues de la semana mas negra.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Detecting 1979 Barcelona
11
2 Barcelona
34
3 Barcelona Through the Tourists Gaze
53
4 Theres No Place Like Homelessness in Alicia Giménez Bartletts Un Barco Cargado De Arroz
74
5 After Eden
93
6 This Town Aint Big Enough for the Both of Us ?
118
7 Spanish Crime Fiction and Madrid
133
8 Remembering Madrid in the Fiction of Joaquín Leguina and Arturo PérezReverte
146
9 Urban Renewal and Mobbing Inmobilario in Andreu Martíns El blues de la semana más negra
166
10 The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same
185
11 Woman on the Road
204
About the Contributors
227
Index
231
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Renee W. Craig-Odders is professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The author of several articles and books on Spanish detective fiction, she lives in Plover, Wisconsin. Jacky Collins is a senior lecturer in Spanish Studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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