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Female corpses in crime fiction: a transatlantic perspective

Female corpses in crime fiction: a transatlantic perspective

Close, Glen S. (Glen Steven), author

This book examines the central significance of sexualized female corpses in modern and contemporary Hispanic and Anglophone crime fiction. This book examines the central significance of sexualized female corpses in modern and contemporary Hispanic and Anglophone crime fiction. Beginning with the foundational detective fictions of the nineteenth century, it draws from diverse subgenres to describe a transatlantic tradition of necropornography characterized by lascivious interest in female cadavers, dissection, morgues, femicide, and snuff movies. Hard-boiled and police procedural classics from the U.S. and the U.K. are juxtaposed with texts by established Spanish and Spanish American genre masters and with obscure works that prefigure the contemporary transmedial boom in corpse-centered fictions. The rhetoric and aesthetics of necropornographic crime fiction are related to those of popular crime journalism and forensic-science television dramas. This study argues that crime fiction has long fixated disproportionately on the corpses of beautiful young white women and continues to treat their deaths and autopsies as occasions for male visual pleasure, male subjective self-affirmation and male homosocial bonding

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Glen S. Close
ISBN: 3319990136, 9783319990132
Physical Description: 1 volume : illustrations (black and white)
Series: Crime files
Subject: Fiction & related items; Literary studies: general; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Detective and mystery stories, Spanish History and criticism.; Literature: history & criticism; Literary studies: post-colonial literature; Dead in literature.; Women on television.; Literature.; Media studies; Fiction: general & literary; Detective and mystery stories, American History and criticism.; Hispanic American literature (Spanish) History and criticism.; Women in mass media.; Detective and mystery stories, English History and criticism.; Detective and mystery stories, Latin American History and criticism.; Comparative Literature; Relating to Latin / Hispanic American people; Women in literature.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Crime files.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783319990125

Contents

  1. 1. Introduction.- 2. Necropornography in Modern Crime Fiction.- 3. The Hispanic Hard-Boiled.- 4. Femicide and Snuff.- 5. Femicide in the Narco-Novel.- 6. Conclusion.