Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Shakespearean Allusion in Crime Fiction

DCI Shakespeare

Authors: Hopkins, Lisa

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This book explores why crime fiction so often alludes to Shakespeare. It ranges widely over a variety of authors including classic golden age crime writers such as the four ‘queens of crime’ (Allingham, Christie, Marsh, Sayers), Nicholas Blake and Edmund Crispin, as well as more recent authors such as Reginald Hill, Kate Atkinson and Val McDermid.  It also looks at the fondness for Shakespearean allusion in a number of television crime series, most notably Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse and Lewis, and considers the special sub-genre of detective stories in which a lost Shakespeare play is found. It shows how Shakespeare facilitates discussions about what constitutes justice, what authorises the detective to track down the villain, who owns the countryside, national and social identities, and the question of how we measure cultural value.

About the authors

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and co-editor of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Society.  She has published widely on Shakespeare, Marlowe and Ford.

Reviews

“I think this was an interesting read, covering a wide range of texts and looking at a variety of effects Shakespearean allusions can have in crime fiction. This is a work which I found very stimulating and thought provoking and Hopkins makes this an enjoyable read with her engaging and accessible writing style.” (Kate Jackson, CADS, Issue 73, August, 2016)

“This book immediately caught my interest, as I have been aware of the allusions detective fiction writers … . I think Hopkins’ does a good job of examining the effect Shakespearean allusions have on a crime text … . Overall I think this was certainly an interesting read … . on the whole this is a thought provoking book and one which definitely adds to existing research on crime fiction.” (crossexaminingcrime, crossexaminingcrime.wordpress.com, May, 2016)


“I see the book becoming – in addition to a fine read in its own right – an excellent source for scholars interested in pursuing some of the larger ideas Professor Hopkins raises, particularly those touching on how crime fiction navigates Shakespeare's cultural value. The prose is clear and fluid. A much-needed book.” (Andrew Hartley, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hopkins, Lisa

    Pages 1-16

  • Wild Justice: Mercy, Revenge and the Detective

    Hopkins, Lisa

    Pages 17-61

  • Who Owns the Wood? Appropriating A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Hopkins, Lisa

    Pages 63-103

  • Border Patrol: Shakespearean Allusions and Social and National Identities

    Hopkins, Lisa

    Pages 105-147

  • Stealing Shakespeare: Detective Fiction and Cultural Value

    Hopkins, Lisa

    Pages 149-181

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53874-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespearean Allusion in Crime Fiction
Book Subtitle
DCI Shakespeare
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Shakespeare Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53875-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53875-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53874-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 204
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