Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction: Essays on the Genero Negro Tradition

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Renée W. Craig-Odders, Jacky Collins, Glen S. Close
McFarland, Mar 6, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages
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The image of the hard-boiled private investigator from gritty pulp fiction, a terse and mysterious figure, has become increasingly universal as the detective novel crosses more and more borders. A booming genre in Latin America, Spain and other Hispanic cultures, detective fiction has transcended the limitations of its influences. Hispanic authors relatively new to the genre have published novels and series popular with the public, while a number of well-known writers have adapted the genre to reflect the concurrent globalization of modern society and the crimes within it. This volume presents a compilation of 11 critical essays on genero negro--contemporary detective fiction in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian canon. Surveying the last twenty years, the text analyzes emerging trends in this rapidly evolving genre, as well as the mutations and innovations taking place within the style. The first section of the book is dedicated to the detective fiction of Spain and Portugal. The second section surveys works from Latin America and the United States, where topics touch on universal subjects like crime, identity and feminism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Eduardo Mendozas
46
The Curious Epistemology
60
The Lola van Guardia Trilogy
79
Coming Out in Spanish Crime Fiction
91
The Police Procedural in Spain
103
Life Death and Friendship in
123
The Detective Is Dead Long Live the Novela Negra
143
Sergio Gómez and Marcela Serrano
162
The Return to Analytic Detective
180
Family Identity and the Latina Private Investigator
204
About the Contributors
219
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Page 217 - No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right.

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Renee W. Craig-Odders is associate professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is the author of several articles on Spanish detective fiction and 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. Glen S. Close lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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