Crime Files

Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction

Authors: Hopkins, Lisa

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  • Examines understudied writers of British crime fiction  
  • Further studies the influence of drama on crime fiction by identifying allusions to non-Shakespearean early modern plays
  • Considers diverse aspects of the detective fiction genre such as cold cases and Christmas crime
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Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction offers an overview of the ways in which the past is brought back to the surface and influences the present in British detective fiction written between 1920 and 2020. Exploring a range of authors including Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, Val McDermid, Sarah Caudwell, Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Dunnett, Jonathan Stroud and Ben Aaronovitch, Lisa Hopkins argues that both the literal and literary disinterment of the past use elements of the national past to interrogate the present. As such, in the texts discussed, uncovering the truth about an individual crime is also typically an uncovering of a more general connection between the present and the past.  Whether detective novels explore murders on archaeological digs, hauntings, cold crimes or killings at Christmas, Hopkins explores the underlying message that you cannot understand the present unless you understand the past.

About the authors

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her previous books include Shakespearean Allusion in Crime Fiction: DCI Shakespeare (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).

Reviews

“Lisa Hopkins’ provocative and thoughtful study is one of the most original contributions to literature on the crime fiction genre, written in lively fashion and full of intriguing and original notions.” (Barry Forshaw, author of British Crime Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (2019))

“If you like to find novel and entertaining ways of killing somebody, this is the blood-stained book for you. Lisa Hopkins writes with witty panache and an enviably capacious literary recall, in a book mercifully littered with spoilers so we are not left in suspense. An ideal Christmas present, supplying a handy chapter on seasonal crime.” (R. S. White, Emeritus Professor, University of Western Australia, and author of Shakespeare’s Cinema of Crime (2016))


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction
Authors
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
978-3-030-65760-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65760-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65759-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 201
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