The Woman Detective: Gender & Genre

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University of Illinois Press, 1995 - Fiction - 282 pages
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"Real mystery fans will enjoy this survey of nearly 300 female sleuths
in 100 years of British and U.S. fiction." -- Feminist Bookstore
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This new edition adds sixty new female private eyes to the roster and
includes an afterword that assesses the current state of the genre's new
and old novels. A comprehensive bibliography and a character list update
the field through mid-1994.
"A highly intelligent analysis." -- Ms.
"Well-researched and well-written. . . . Traces the evolution of
sexist boundaries in popular detective fiction from a feminist viewpoint
and documents the parallels in social history and the women's rights movement."
-- Ronald C. Miller, The Armchair Detective
"Identifies dozens of good novels whose titles are not well known,
its promise of good reading extending well beyond its own covers."
-- Jane Bakerman, Belles Lettres
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
British Policewomen 1864
15
Women Detectives in the American Dime Novel 18801904
31
Britains TurnoftheCentury Lady Detective 18911910
53
The Lady Detectives Yankee Cousin 190615
75
How Golden Was the Golden Age? British and American Sleuths between the Wars
95
The HardBoiled Private Eye and Her Classical Competition 192863
122
Modern Detectives 197284
149
FemaleMale Partnerships 192478
185
An Unsuitable Job for a Feminist?
200
Afterword to the First Edition
223
Afterword to the Second Edition
230
Women Private Eyes 198794
243
Bibliographies
246
Indexes
273
Copyright

The Moderns Continue Variations on a Theme
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About the author (1995)

Kathleen Gregory Klein is a professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University.

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