Statement of responsibility: Christiana Gregoriou
ISBN: 0230207219, 9780230207219
Includes bibliographical references (p. 166-174) and index.
xi, 178 p.
Literary essays; Fiction & related items; Fiction: general & literary; Ireland; United States of America, USA; Literature: history & criticism; Patterson, James, 1947- Criticism and interpretation.; Literary theory; Literature.; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Cornwell, Patricia Daniels Criticism and interpretation.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Deviant behavior in literature.; Connelly, Michael, 1956- Criticism and interpretation.; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Society & culture: general; Cultural studies; Detective and mystery stories, American History and criticism.
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Also available in printed form ISBN 9780230003392
- Introduction: Narratology and Deviance
- Aims, material and method
- Narratology and deviance
- The structure of narratives
- Crime fiction as genre and as popular literature
- Outline of remaining contents
- Contemporary Crime Fiction: Constraints and Development
- Crime fiction: origins and development
- Rules, regularities and constraints
- Defining the crime fiction genre
- Rules and constraints
- Formulaic regularities
- What sort of an attraction does crime literature hold for its readers?
- Crime fiction reading as pleasure
- Crime fiction reading as an addiction
- Crime fiction and the notion of realism
- The genre as a mirror to society
- Challenging the masculinity, whiteness and straightness of the genre
- From private eye novel to police procedural
- Character in detective fiction
- The detective as the criminal's double
- Writers focusing on the murderer
- The future of crime fiction
- Linguistic Deviance: The Stylistics of Criminal Justification
- The stylistics of justification in contemporary crime fiction
- Contextualising the crime fiction extracts
- Stylisitc analysis of the extracts
- The study's conclusions
- A further investigation into the protrayal of the criminal mind in Patterson
- Contextualising the criminally-focalised extracts
- The poetics of the criminal mind
- The study's conclusions
- Social Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction
- Defining 'abnormal behaviour': the Connelly series
- The carnivalesque as social deviation in the genre
- The carnival of crime fiction
- Jungian archtypes
- Criminal archtypes
- Generic Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction
- On defining genre
- Wittgenstein's family resemblance theory
- The prototype approach to sense
- Defamiliarisation and genre
- The crime fiction genre
- Cornwell's generic form: a subgenre or a new genre?
- What constitutes generic deviance?
- Book review
- Metafunctions of deviance
- Investigating deviance
- Writers on their work
Christiana Gregoriou's book explores three aspects of deviance manipulated by contemporary crime fiction: linguistic, social, and generic. In detailed case studies of the work of James Patterson, Michael Connolly and Patricia Cornwell, Gregoriou investigates the ways in which crime fiction challenges linguistic norms, the boundaries of acceptable social behaviour, and generic conventions. Through the examination of recurrent criminal archetypes such as the monster, the vampire and the spoilt child, and also through analysis of the ways in which crime fiction can be seen as a version of 'carnival', this study attempts to redefine the boundaries of an endlessly fascinating genre.