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
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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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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Renée W. Craig-Odders is a 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. Glen S. Close is a professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of La imprenta enterrada. Arlt, Baroja y el imaginario anarquista and Contemporary Hispanic Crime Fiction. A Transatlantic Discourse on Urban Violence.

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