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The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction

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Ian A. Bell, Lynn Pykett, Martin Kayman, Sita Schütt, Stephen Knight, Dennis Porter, Davis Seed, David Glover, LeRoy Lad Panek, Martin Priestman, Maureen T. Reddy, Andrew Pepper, Nickianne Moody, Laura Marcus
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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521008716

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  • In addition to covering the "detective" fiction of writers like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, this collection of British and American crime fiction considers other kinds of fiction where crime plays a substantial part, such as the thriller and spy fiction. Ranging over the last three centuries, it includes chapters on the analysis of crime in eighteenth-century literature; French and Victorian fiction; women and black detectives; crime on film and TV; and police fiction and postmodernist uses of the detective form.

    • Offers full expert coverage of the classics of detective fiction and expands into discussion of a wide area of allied fictional genres dealing with crime
    • Contributions by some of the most distinguished British and American writers on crime fiction
    • Covers famous crime writers including: Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, P.D. James and Paul Auster
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    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521008716
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: crime fiction and detective fiction
    1. Eighteenth-century crime writing Ian A. Bell
    2. The Newgate novel and sensation fiction, 1830–68 Lynn Pykett
    3. The short story from Poe to Chesterton Martin Kayman
    4. French crime fiction Sita Schütt
    5. The golden age Stephen Knight
    6. The private eye Dennis Porter
    7. Spy fiction Davis Seed
    8. The thriller David Glover
    9. Postwar American police fiction LeRoy Lad Panek
    10. Postwar British crime fiction Martin Priestman
    11. Women detectives Maureen T. Reddy
    12. Black crime fiction Andrew Pepper
    13. Crime on film and TV Nickianne Moody
    14. Detection and literary fiction Laura Marcus
    Guide to further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Detective Fiction
    • History of Detective Plays
    • Senior Seminar: History and Theory of the Novel
  • Editor

    Martin Priestman, University of Surrey


    Ian A. Bell, Lynn Pykett, Martin Kayman, Sita Schütt, Stephen Knight, Dennis Porter, Davis Seed, David Glover, LeRoy Lad Panek, Martin Priestman, Maureen T. Reddy, Andrew Pepper, Nickianne Moody, Laura Marcus

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