Sleuthing Ethnicity: The Detective in Multiethnic Crime Fiction

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Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, Monika Mueller, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2003 - Fiction - 331 pages
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Sleuthing Ethnicity: The Detective in Multiethnic Crime Fiction reflects the fact that ethnic detective novels have by now become an accepted subgenre of detective fiction. This volume focuses on the characteristics of ethnic detective fiction and the important genre modifications effected by the subgenre. As many contributors indicate, in ethnic detective fiction the importance of the detective's community of origin often superseded the traditional loneliness of the detective. Moreover, ethnic crime fiction addresses issues of personal and social identity that point out the importance of the ethnic community for the individual detective. The essays collected in this volume confront these established issues of ethnic detective fiction but also move beyond them by focusing on wider topics: the intersection of ethnicity and gender; marketing strategies for ethnic mysteries; juvenile ethnic detective literature; changing sexual politics; and historical issues of ethnic crime. The additional focus of this collection of essays on recent international detective fiction outside the United States redirects attention to questions of authenticity, authority, and stereotyping.
 

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Contents

Insider Knowledge versus Outsider Perspective in Early Italian American and African American Detective Stories
23
The American Way
36
Ethnicity in Jewish American Detective Fiction
53
Rudolfo Anayas Mystery Trilogy
81
Comparing Ethnic Identities
95
Subverting the Dominant US Cultural Ethos
97
The Female Detective in the Novels of Carolina GarciaAguilera and Barbara Neely
114
Empowering Spaces in Valerie Wilson Wesleys Detective Fiction
133
The Significance of Dreams and Ghosts in Three Contemporary Native American Crime Novels
204
Globalizing Ethnicity
225
Val McDermids Lindsay Gordon Mysteries
227
The HardBoiled Pattern as Discursive Practice of Ethnic Subalternity in Jakob Arjounis Happy Birthday Turk and Irene Disches Ein Job
240
Frenchness and Arab Alterity in JeanChristophe Grangés BloodRed Rivers
260
Sally Morgans My Place as Australian Indigenous Detective Narrative
280
An Interview with Barbara Neely
299
An Interview with Valerie Wilson Wesley
308

Sleuthing Identity in Two Juvenile Ethnic Detective Novels
148
Shaft 2000
164
The Private Eye I in the Detective Fiction of Walter Mosley and Tony Hillerman
175
Aimee and David Thurlos Ella Clah Novels
187
DOROTHEA FISCHERHORNUNG and MONIKA MUELLER
320
Contributors
323
Index
327
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Dorothea Fischer-Hornung is Senior Lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Monika Mueller is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Cologne, Germany.

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