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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Crime Fiction since 1800

Detection, Death, Diversity

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230580732
Publication Date April 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Stephen Knight's book is a full analytic survey of the popular genre of crime fiction, from its origins right up to the present day. This expanded second edition has been thoroughly updated in the light of new developments and recent research, and also explores a number of fictional works which have been published in the last few years.

STEPHEN KNIGHT is Distinguished Research Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University, UK. He is a leading authority on crime fiction and his previous publications include Form and Ideology in Crime Fiction, also published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Beginning Detection 
Developing Detection
After Sherlock Holmes
Forming the Clue-Puzzle
American Versions
Continuity and Diversity
Diversifying Gender
Diversifying Race and Ethnicity
Diversity: Postmodernity, City, Body
A Glossary of Crime Fiction
A Chronology of Crime Fiction


'This second edition retains the strengths of the first while adding new material and insights.' - Renee Pigeon, California State University, San Bernardino, USA
'Encyclopedic in scope, the second edition offers a succinct, up-to-the-minute analysis and distillation of emerging new trends in crime fiction scholarship, and the work of significant new critics.' - Geraldine Barnes, University of Sydney, Australia
Praise for previous edition:
'Stephen Knight's book is an excellent narrative introduction to crime and detective fiction in the last two hundred years, providing a wealth of detail which will have a very strong appeal to students and which will fill a major gap in the market.' - Clive Bloom, Middlesex University, UK
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