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Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World
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Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and identity that arise in postcolonial and transnational settings. Essays explore novels set in Latin America, the Caribbean, India, and North America, including novels that view the American metropolis through the eyes of minority detectives Taking up a neglected area in the study of the crime novel, this collection investigates the growing number of writers who adapt conventions of detective fiction to expose problems of law, ethics, and truth that arise in postcolonial and transnational communities. While detective fiction has been linked to imperialism and constructions of race from its earliest origins, recent developments signal the evolution of the genre into a potent framework for narrating the complexities of identity, citizenship, and justice in a postcolonial world. Among the authors considered are Vikram Chanda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick Chamoiseau, Mario Vargas Llosa, Suki Kim, and Walter Mosley. The essays explore detective stories set in Latin America, the Caribbean, India, and North America, including novels that view the American metropolis from the point of view of Asian American, African American, or Latino characters. Offering ten new and original essays by scholars in the field, the volume highlights the diverse employment of detective fictions internationally, and uncovers important political and historical subtexts of popular crime novels.
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CARIBBEAN LITERATURE_HISTORY AND CRITICISM, COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE (ENGLISH)_HISTORY AND CRITICISM, FRENCH FICTION_HISTORY AND CRITICISM, DETECTIVE AND MYSTERY STORIES_HISTORY AND CRITICISM
Pearson, Nels, Singer, Marc
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