Crime Files

A Counter-History of Crime Fiction

Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational

Authors: Ascari, Maurizio

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This book takes a look at the evolution of crime fiction. Considering 'criminography' as a system of inter-related sub-genres, it explores the connections between modes of literature such as revenge tragedies, the gothic and anarchist fiction, while taking into account the influence of pseudo-sciences such as mesmerism and criminal anthropology.

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MAURIZIO ASCARI is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bologna, Italy. His publications include books and essays on crime fiction, anarchist fiction, the formation of the literary canon and travel writing.

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Shortlisted for Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards 2008 (Category: Best Critical/Biographical)

'Maurizio Ascari's book is a thrilling journey through the supernaturally dark side of crime fiction. It excavates material that critics have not previously considered in the context of classic crime writing and also explores innovatively the role of the super-rational in the development and meaning of the genre. The book thoroughly justifies its challenging title as a Counter-History of Crime Fiction.' - Stephen Knight, Distinguished Research Professor in English Literature, University of Cardiff, UK

'...a well-written, insightful and important piece of criticism.' - Kim Toft Hansen, Kulturekapellet

'...[an] interestingly transnational approach to crime fiction...elegant language...captivating writing style...critically groundbreaking...' Rivista di Studi Vittoriani


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Counter-History of Crime Fiction
Book Subtitle
Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational
Authors
Series Title
Crime Files
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-23453-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230234536
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-52500-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-59462-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 222
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