24. Detective Fiction

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Nicolas S. Witschi

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch24

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Witschi, N. S. (2011) Detective Fiction, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch24

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • detective fiction;
  • Mark Twain's A Double-Barrelled Detective Story - whimsical, but uneven novel telling the story of Archy Stillman;
  • Twain's more famous novel of crime - detection, and mistaken identity, glimpse into cultural and literary history;
  • Hammett's first novel, Red Harvest (1929) - bringing together four connected Op stories, Black Mask;
  • Chandler, himself, in “The Simple Art of Murder” - defining the detective;
  • woman detective, subject of reinvention by authors - not only in Grafton's fiction, also in novels by Sara Paretsky, Patricia Cornwell and Barbara Neely;
  • reconfiguration of detective genre - in the American West, hardly restricted to questions of how gender is handled;
  • Lucha Corpi's explorations of post-Chicano identity - genre in its western American form, enlivened by Rudolfo Anaya and Michael Nava;
  • detective novel, identified as a conservative form;
  • the American detective novel - rarely failing to return to the West, for renewal and reinvention

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading