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French Crime Fiction

This volume explores the development of crime fiction as a genre in French literary culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, paying particular attention to the distinctive features of this French-language tradition. Grounded in the study of novels by Francophone writers, such as Georges Simenon and Léo Malet, French Crime Fiction examines both period and movement-specific work, engaging each in broader debates about the larger contributions of crime fiction to contemporary French and European culture, making this an accessible volume for both the scholar and the interested reader.

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009


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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
    Claire Gorrara
1  Origins and Beginnings: the Emergence of Detective Fiction in France
    David Platten
2  Georges Simenon and Crime Fiction Between the Wars
    Christopher Shorley
3  Post-War French Crime Fiction: the Advent of the Roman Noir
    Claire Gorrara
4  May 1968, Radical Politics and the Néo-Polar
    Susanna Lee
5  Gender and Genre: Women in French Crime Writing
    Véronique Desnain
6  Postmodern Detectives and French Traditions
    Simon Kemp
    Claire Gorrara
Annotated Bibliography of Criticism on French Crime Fiction
    Claire Gorrara

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