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Criminal Moves: Modes of Mobility in Crime Fiction

Jesper Gulddal, Alistair Rolls, and Stewart King


This book offers a major intervention into contemporary theoretical debates about crime fiction. Academic studies in the genre have historically been encumbered by a set of restrictive preconceptions, largely drawn from attitudes to popular fiction: that the genre does not warrant detailed critical analysis; that genre norms and conventions matter more than textual individuality; and that comparative or transnational perspectives are secondary to the study of the core British-American canon. This study challenges the distinction between literary and popular fiction and proposes that crime fict ... More

Keywords: crime fiction, mobility, genre, conventions, comparative literature, popular fiction, literary fiction, appropriation, transculturation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620580
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesper Gulddal, editor

Alistair Rolls, editor

Stewart King, editor

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Front Matter


Criminal Moves Towards a Theory of Crime Fiction Mobility

Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King and Alistair Rolls

Part I Mobility of Meaning

Chapter One Behind the Locked Door

Jean Fornasiero and John West-Sooby, University of Adelaide

Part II Mobility of Genre

Chapter Five Criminal Minds

Maurizio Ascari, Università di Bologna

Chapter Six Foggy Muddle

Jesper Gulddal, University of Newcastle, Australia

Chapter Seven Burma’s Bagnoles

Andrea Goulet, University of Pennsylvania

Chapter Eight Secrecy and Transparency in Hideo Yokoyama’s Six Four

Andrew Pepper, Queen’s University Belfast

Part III Transnational Mobility

Chapter Nine From Vidocq to the Locked Room

Stephen Knight, University of Melbourne

Chapter Ten Brain Attics and Mind Weapons

Michael B. Harris-Peyton, The University of Delaware

Chapter Eleven The Reader and World Crime Fiction

Stewart King, Monash University

End Matter