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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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The Reader and World Crime Fiction

The Reader and World Crime Fiction

The (Private) Eye of the Beholder

(p.195) Chapter Eleven The Reader and World Crime Fiction
Criminal Moves

Stewart King

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reflects on the tension between national-focused and more worldly readings of crime fiction. It treats crime fiction as a form of world literature and examines new ways of conceiving relationships between crime writers, readers and texts that eschew the common categorization of a universal British-American tradition, on the one hand, and, on the other, localized national traditions. Following Jorge Luis Borges, the chapter argues that the transnationality of the crime genre does not reside exclusively within the text, but rather emerges through the interaction of the reader and the text. What emerges is a transnational and trans-historical reading practice that respects the local but also allows for innovative connections and new paradigms to be forged when texts are read beyond the national context.

Keywords:   Jorge Luis Borges, reading practice, transnational readers, transnational mobility, world literature, world crime fiction

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