Cross-Cultural Crime Fiction

Crime across Cultures__CoverA new feature on cross-cultural crime fiction is now available on Crimeculture. An increasing amount of critical attention has been devoted to analysing crime and detective fiction within a wide variety of national contexts, and, from September, the Crimeculture website is featuring reviews of some of the many books and articles published in 2012-13. Critics focus on the diversity of the genre, on the manifold ways in which generic tropes are being transformed as they take on different cultural and national identities and on the capacity of the genre to expose the failures, traumas and brutalities of political and social life. An internationally known website, Crimeculture is designed and edited by Kate and Lee Horsley, both long-standing members of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research.

The following books and articles are reviewed and highly recommended.

“Crime Across Cultures” issue of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings (Volume 13 Number 1, 2013)

Peter Baker (ed), Detecting Detection: International Perspectives on the Uses of a Plot, Continuum, June 2012

Carolina Miranda, Barbara Pezzotti and Jean Anderson (eds), The Foreign in International Crime Writing: Transcultural Representations, Continuum, June 2012

Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter and Tanya Horeck (eds), Rape in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction, Palgrave Macmillan, October 2012

Lucy Andrew & Catherine Phelps  (eds), Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crime (European Crime Fictions), University of Wales Press, April 2013

John Cullen Gruesser, Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, forthcoming Fall/Winter 2013