Chapter 10. U.S. Detective Fiction

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Cynthia S. Hamilton Associate Professor Head

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch10

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Hamilton, C. S. (2009) U.S. Detective Fiction, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch10

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Liverpool Hope University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • U.S. detective fiction in twentieth century;
  • “The Murders of the Rue Morgue” (1841) - Poe presenting a locked room mystery;
  • origins of modern, hard-boiled detective fiction;
  • Michael Lewin, Marcia Muller, and Sara Paretsky - second renaissance in detective fiction;
  • gender and detective fiction;
  • vilification of women in hard-boiled detective fiction;
  • Paretsky's Hard Time, 1999 - transforming genre and reshaping audience expectations;
  • detective fiction and social commentary;
  • detective fiction, race, and ethnicity;
  • rewriting history

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Gender and Detective Fiction

  • Detective Fiction and Social Commentary

  • Detective Fiction, Race, and Ethnicity

  • Rewriting History

  • References and Further Reading