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Italian Crime Fiction

This volume is the first study in the English language to focus specifically on Italian crime fiction. The chapters, by leading British and North American scholars, trace the history and development of Italian detective and noir fiction from the 1930s to the present, and examine such topics as the representation of space, gender, and the tradition of impegno—the social and political engagement that characterized the Italian cultural and literary scene in the postwar period.

159 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011

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“Over the last two decades, there has been a flowering in Italian crime fiction. Fascinating new work has been coming out, and crime novels have gained a mass audience for the first time. These novels have often been politically acute and fascinating in terms of their style and their urban settings. But until now no one volume has analyzed this trend or put it in historical context. Italian Crime Fiction fills this gap with aplomb, with a wide-ranging series of highly readable essays written by acknowledged experts in a number of fields. This collection looks into the origins of Italian crime fiction in the 1920s and 1930s, the genius and influence of Giorgio Scerbanenco, as well as the work of Eco, Sciascia, Tabucchi, and Gadda. Essays also deal with key themes such as the South, women, and the city of Milan. Backed up by an annotated bibliography, this is an essential collection for all those interested in this genre, as well as in Italian literature in general and the connections between crime, history, politics, and the city.”

John Foot, University College London

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

1. Introduction
      Giuliana Pieri
2. The Emergence of a New Literary Genre in Interwar Italy
      Jane Dunnett
3. Founding Fathers: Giorgio Scerbanenco
      Jennifer Burns
4. Literature and the Giallo: Gadda, Eco, Tabucchi and Sciascia
      Joseph Farrell
5. The Mysteries of Bologna: On Some Trends of the Contemporary Giallo
      Luca Somigli
6. Crime and the South
      Mark Chu
7. Italian Women Crime Writers
      Giuliana Pieri and Lucia Rinaldi
8. Milano nera: Representing and Imagining Milan in Italian Noir and Crime Fiction
      Giuliana Pieri
9. Annotated Bibliography
      Lucia Rinaldi


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