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The Foreign in International Crime Fiction: Transcultural Representations

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‘The foreigner' is a familiar character in popular crime fiction, from the foreign detective whose outsider status provides a unique perspective on a familiar or exotic location to the xenophobic portrayal of the criminal ‘other'. Exploring popular crime fiction from across the world, The Foreign in International Crime Writing examines these popular works as ‘transcultural contact zones' in which writers can tackle such issues as national identity, immigration, globalization and diaspora communities. Offering readings of 20th and 21st century crime writing from Norway, the UK, India, China, Europe and Australasia, the essays in this book open up new directions for scholarship on crime writing and transnational literatures.


Reading texts from across the world, this book examines the depiction of ‘the foreigner' in popular 20th and 21st century crime writing.

About the Author

Jean Anderson is Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation. She is the Editor of The New Zealand Journal of French Studies.

Carolina Miranda is Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Contributors\ Introduction \ Part 1: Inside Out or Outside In? The Scene of the Crime as ExoticDécor \ Chapter 1: Cannibalistic Maori Behead Rupert Murdoch: (Mis)representations of Antipodean Othernessin Caryl Férey's ‘Maori Thrillers EllenCarter and Deborah Walker \ Chapter 2: ‘A desk is a dangerous place fromwhich to watch the world': Britishness and Foreignness in le Carré's KarlaTrilogy Sabine Vanacker \ Chapter 3:Havana Noir: Time, Place and the Appropriation of Cuba in Crime Fiction Philip Swanson \ Chapter 4: Shanghai,Shanghai: Placing Qiu Xiaolong's Crime Fiction in the Landscape of GlobalizedLiterature Hui Luo \ Chapter 5:Seeing Double: Representing Others in the Franco-Pacific Thriller Jean Anderson \ Part 2: Private Eyes, Hybrid Eyes: The In-Between Detective \ Chapter6: ‘Don't Forget the Tejedor': Community and Identity in the Crime Fiction ofRosa Ribas Stewart King \ Chapter 7:An American in Paris or Opposites Attract: Dominique Sylvain's‘In-Between'Bicultural Detective Stories FranceGrenaudier-Klijn \ Chapter 8: Arthur Upfield and Philip McLaren: PioneeringPartners in Australian Ethnographic Crime Fiction John and Marie Ramsland \ Chapter 9: From Wolf to Wolf-Man:Foreignness and Self-Alterity in Fred Vargas's L'Homme à l'envers Alistair Rolls \Chapter 10: OthersKnowing Others: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Peter Høeg's Smilla'sSense of Snow Andrew Nestingen and PaulaArvas \ Chapter 11: Smog, Tweed and Foreign Bedevilment: Bourland'sTwenty-First-Century Remake of the Sherlock Holmes Crime StoryKeren Chiaroni \ Part 3: When Evil Walks Abroad - Towards a Politics ofOtherness \ Chapter12: ‘The Meanest Devil of the Pit': British Representations of the GermanCharacter in Edwardian Juvenile Spy Fiction, 1900-1914 Andrew Francis \ Chapter 13. Reading Others: Foreigners and theForeign in Roberto Arlt's Detective Fiction CarolinaMiranda \ Chapter 14: Who is the Foreigner? The Representation of theMigrant in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction Barbara Pezzotti \ Chapter 15: Images of Turks in Recent GermanCrime Fiction: A Comparative Study in Xenophobia Margaret Sutherland \ 16. The Representation of Chinese Charactersin Leonardo Padura's La cola de la serpiente (2000): Sinophobia or Sinophilia? Carlos Uxó \ Bibliography \ Index

Product Details

Jean Anderson, Carolina Miranda And Barbara Pezzotti.
Bloomsbury Academic
Miranda, Carolina
Anderson, Jean
Pezzotti, Barbara
Literary Criticism : General
Mystery & Detective Fiction
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Mystery & detective
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9.27 x 6.36 x 1.111 in

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