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Criminal MovesModes of Mobility in Crime Fiction$
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Jesper Gulddal, Alistair Rolls, and Stewart King

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620580

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620580.001.0001

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From Vidocq to the Locked Room

From Vidocq to the Locked Room

International Connections in Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction

(p.163) Chapter Nine From Vidocq to the Locked Room
Criminal Moves

Stephen Knight

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides an in-depth history of the international development of the crime genre prior to the twentieth century. The chapter traces the emergence of a transnational genre from the 1700s through legal narratives and Romantic preoccupations and aesthetics in France, Germany, England, the United States, the Scandinavian countries and Australia. While crime fiction scholars have traditionally maintained that the genre emerged in Britain and America, this chapter places doubt on the supposed centrality of the genre’s British and American genealogy. By examining the genre’s early transnational mobility, the chapter challenges the dominant perception that the genre’s transnationality is a consequence of twentieth- and twenty-first-century globalization and, as such, that it is largely a contemporary phenomenon.

Keywords:   crime fiction (1700-1900), transnational mobility, globalization, European crime fiction, American crime fiction, Australian crime fiction

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