Crime Files

The Detective's Companion in Crime Fiction

A Study in Sidekicks

Editors: Andrew, Lucy, Saunders, Samuel (Eds.)

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  • Challenges the traditional view that the sidekick figure in crime and detective fiction has a small, generic role
  • Explores the changing representations and functions of the sidekick across a range of forms and subgenres of crime fiction
  • Offers a fresh perspective on the history and development of crime fiction
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About this book

This book aims to establish the position of the sidekick character in the crime and detective fiction literary genres. It re-evaluates the traditional view that the sidekick character in these genres is often overlooked as having a small, generic or singular role—either to act as the foil to the detective in order to accentuate their own abilities at solving crimes, or else to simply tell the story to the reader. Instead, essays in the collection explore the representations and functions of the detective’s sidekick across a range of forms and subgenres of crime fiction. By incorporating forms such as children’s detective fiction, comics and graphic novels and film and television alongside the more traditional fare of novels and short stories, this book aims to break down the boundaries that sometimes exist between these forms, using the sidekick as a defining thread to link them together into a wider conceptual argument that covers a broad range of crime narratives.


About the authors

Lucy Andrew is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Programme Leader of BA (Hons) English at University Centre Shrewsbury, part of the University of Chester, UK, where she teaches and researches children’s and young adult fiction, crime fiction and popular culture. She is the author of The Boy Detective in Early British Children’s Literature: Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood (2017) and co-editor of Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes (2013).

Samuel Saunders is a researcher of nineteenth-century crime and detective fiction, popular fiction and Victorian print culture, and is currently also HE Teaching and Learning Coach for University Centre Reaseheath, University of Chester, UK. He received his PhD in English from Liverpool John Moores University in 2018. His first monograph, The Nineteenth Century Periodical Press and the Development of Detective Fiction, appeared in 2021.


Reviews

The Detective's Companion in Crime Fiction: A Study in Sidekicks provides a welcome and long overdue corrective to the lack of high-quality and detailed scholarship on the complex and changing figure of the detective's sidekick. With impressive breadth and scope, this collection of essays is essential reading for anyone interested in the figure of the sidekick in crime writing from the nineteenth century to the present day.” (Clare Clarke, Assistant Professor of English, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

“The detective's sidekick is an intriguing and fascinating character in crime fiction. However, although this complex and evolving character raises many critical questions in regards to gender, genre and the politics of representation, the sidekick has hitherto been relatively underresearched by critics. Samuel Saunders' and Lucy Andrew's ground-breaking volume addresses this absence, offering rich, original and highly readable chapters on one of crime fiction's most well-loved yet at times elusive figures. Ranging from historical contextualisation to the most recent portrayals in the genre, and encompassing fiction as well as adaptation, the essays in this companion are certain to appeal to a wide range of readers and interests.  Students, academics and researchers of crime fiction and popular culture will want to add this book to their list of essential reading.” (Charlotte Beyer, Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Gloucestershire, UK)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Step Forward, Sidekicks

    Pages 1-15

    Saunders, Samuel (et al.)

  • ‘One Fixed Point in a Changing Age’: Reframing the Sidekick

    Pages 17-39

    Miranda, Michelle D.

  • ‘Passed by Unnoticed’: Surveillance and the Street Urchin in Wilkie Collins’s

    Pages 41-58

    Amit, Oriah

  • ‘…Always with the Inspector’: The Reader as Sidekick in Mid-Victorian ‘Detective Literature’, 1845–1887

    Pages 59-79

    Saunders, Samuel

  • ‘You Have a Grand Gift of Silence, Watson’: Reinventing Agency in Twenty-First-Century Adaptations of Dr. Watson

    Pages 81-99

    Wren, Annette

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eBook £87.50
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Hardcover £109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Detective's Companion in Crime Fiction
Book Subtitle
A Study in Sidekicks
Editors
  • Lucy Andrew
  • Samuel Saunders
Series Title
Crime Files
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-74989-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-74989-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-74988-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 311
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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