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Introduction JANICE M. ALLAN (Univ of Salford)
Transvestism and Transgender in the Crime Fiction of Andrea G. Pinketts BARBARA PEZZOTTI (Monash Univ)
This article focuses on the figure of the transvestite and the treatment of transgender in the novels of Italian crime writer Andrea G. Pinketts. The aim is to determine whether Pinketts’s highly entertaining, parodic hard-boiled series succeeds in subverting a traditional discourse on transvestism and transgender in Italian crime fiction.
Bending the Genre: Portraying the Genders of Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey in the Detective Fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers SALLY BERESFORD-SHERIDAN (Univ of Waterloo)
This essay explores how the fictional female detective of Dorothy L. Sayers works outside normative gender conventions of the interwar years. By positing a female character who can become a detective, Sayers allows both Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey to break and redefine social expectations of masculine behaviors, feminine behaviors, and gender stereotypes.
Hard-boiled detective fiction often limits women to the roles of femme fatale or love interest of the detective. However, Effie Perine (Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon) and Anne Riordan (Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely) embody the femme fiable (“dependable woman”), a survivor who goes where the detective cannot and avoids the fate of the femme fatale.
The Loaded Gun: Idiomatic Language in the Works of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald SUSAN ROSALSKY (SUNY Orange)
This essay explores the idiomatic writing styles of Raymond Chandler and Kenneth Millar (aka Ross Macdonald), discussing the importance of vernacular speech for establishing the credibility of the private eye and constructing a community of readers.
Bloody Patterns: Shades of Myth and the Limits of Reason in A Study in Scarlet MARTIN ROSENSTOCK (Gulf University for Science and Technology)
Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet (1887), which introduces Sherlock Holmes, is a famously disjointed narrative yet provides a compelling detective story. One strategy employed to create a sense of cohesion is to adapt structures and themes from romance and, in particular, myth. Conan Doyle’s work here appears to prefigure characteristics of high modernist texts.
The “Arcadian Past” in Kate Atkinson’s Started Early, Took My Dog RENEE PIGEON (CSU-San Bernardino)
In the Jackson Brodie crime novel Started Early, Took My Dog, Kate Atkinson contrasts acts of intervention to achieve justice with nostalgia for the past as a lost Arcadia, making ironic use of motifs and narrative structures from classical romance to subvert certain conventions of traditional crime fiction.
Charles McCarry’s Recursive Late Fiction ROBERT LANCE SNYDER
Among the 14 works of Charles McCarry are the strikingly recursive novels The Shanghai Factor (2013) and The Mulberry Bush (2015). Although neither of these novels is postmodern in terms of narrative technique, their epistemic aporias involving both state-sponsored campaigns of secrecy and the literary reconstructions that profess to unmask them reflect postmodern skepticism.
Horror and the Big Elsewhere: Traumatic Enjoyment in Event Horizon and True Detective MATTHEW CHABIN
This essay offers a Lacanian perspective on contemporary horror, science fiction, and detective fiction in film and television. Two examples of hybrid works, Paul W. S. Anderson’s Event Horizon (1997) and the HBO series True Detective (2014), are analyzed in detail. The theories of Robin Wood and Margaret Tarratt are expanded within a Lacanian framework to advance a new understanding of the interrelatedness of the three genres.
The Long Short Story: Detective Fiction in the Age of Netflix KATHERINE VOYLES (Univ of Washington, Bothell)
The classical pattern of detective fiction condenses extended narratives and extends condensed ones. Today’s serialized television shows, including Broadchurch, that are made for a binge-watching age intensifies this dynamic.
This essay examines how the narrative structure of noir detective fiction and the medium structure of the graphic novel work together to challenge the reader in The Fade Out, a graphic novel series composed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (with colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser).
Taking Dorothy L. Sayers Seriously: On Newly Republished Criticism
J. C. BERNTHAL
Andrew Mangham. Dickens’s Forensic Realism: Truth, Bodies, Evidence. MARY ANNA EVANS
Megan Hoffman. Gender and Representation in British “Golden Age” Crime Fiction: Women Writing Women. PHYLLIS M. BETZ
Sarah Trott. War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction. CLARE ROLENS
David Schmid, ed. Violence in American Popular Culture. CLAIRE MELDRUM
Ron Miller. Mystery Classics on Film: The Adaptation of 65 Novels and Stories. RACHEL SCHAFFER
Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen. Scandinavian Crime Fiction. DIANE M. CALHOUN-FRENCH
Index to Volume 36