Archive for the ‘themes’ Category

crime fiction

March 5, 2013

Today we’re starting a new series of posts categorised under “themes”. First up, a preliminary list of work on geography and crime fiction, detective stories, murder mysteries, and police procedurals.

Send us additions and we’ll post updates. We also welcome suggestions for future theme posts.


Beasley, C. 2011. “From Hansom Cabs to Harbour Raves: a History of the City in Australian Crime Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Themes Journal 3 (1) (November 21).

Birkle, C. 2003. “Investigating Newark, New Jersey: Empowering Spaces in Valerie Wilson Wesley’s Detective Fiction.” Sleuthing Ethnicity: The Detective in Multiethnic Crime Fiction: 133.

Chu, M. 2000. “Someone Else’s Southerner: Opposed Essences in the Italian Novels of Michael Dibdin, Magdalen Nabb and Tim Parks’.” In Crime Scenes: Detective Narratives in European Culture Since 1945, 73–85. Rodopi.

Chu, M. 2011. “Crime and the South.” In Italian Crime Fiction, 89–114. University of Wales Press.

Farish, M. 2005. “Cities in Shade: Urban Geography and the Uses of Noir.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23 (1): 95 – 118.

Goulet, A. 2007a. “Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Street Names and Private-Public Violence in Modern French Crime Fiction.” Modern Language Quarterly 68 (1): 87–110.

Goulet, A. 2008. “Malet’s Maps and Butor’s Bleston: City-Space and Formal Play in the Roman Policier.” L’Esprit Créateur 48 (2): 46–59.

Hausladen, G. 1995. “Murder in Moscow.” Geographical Review: 63–78.

Hausladen, G. 1996. “Where the Bodies Lie: Sense of Place and Police Procedurals.” Journal of Cultural Geography 16 (1): 45–63.

Howell, P. 1998. “Crime and the City Solution: Crime Fiction, Urban Knowledge, and Radical Geography.” Antipode 30 (4) (October 1): 357–378.

Jenkins, J. 2011. “Out of Place: Geographical Fiction(s) in Håkan Nesser’s Inspector Van Veeteren Series.” Cartographic Journal, The 48 (4): 285–292.

Kadonaga, L. 1998. “Strange Countries and Secret Worlds in Ruth Rendell’s Crime Novels.” Geographical Review 88 (3): 413–428.

Kinsman, M. 1995. “A Question of Visibility: Paretsky and Chicago.” Women Times Three: Writers, Detectives, Readers: 15–28.

McManis, D. R. 1978. “Places for Mysteries.” Geographical Review: 319–334.

Miskimmin, Esme. 2013. “‘Crossing the “Shadow Frontier”’: The Criminal Underworld in Detective Fiction from the Victorians to the Golden Age.” Online.

Ng, K. G-Y. 2002. “Policing Cultural Traffic: Charlie Chan and Hawai’i Detective Fiction.” Cultural Values 6 (3): 309–316.

Pezzotti, B. 2012. The Importance of Place in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction: A Bloody Journey. Fairleigh Dickinson.

Pieri, G. 2007. “Milano Nera: Representing and Imagining Milan in Italian Noir and Crime Fiction.” Romance Studies 25 (2): 123–135.

Rinaldi, Lucia. 2009. “Bologna’s Noir Identity: Narrating the City in Carlo Lucarelli’s Crime Fiction.” Italian Studies 64 (1): 120–133.

Schmid, D. 2012. “From the Locked Room to the Globe: Space in Crime Fiction.” In Cross-Cultural Connections in Crime Fictions, 7–23.

Wells, C. 2004. “Urban Dialectics in the Detective Fiction of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.” Forum for Modern Language Studies 40 (1) (January 1): 83–95. doi:10.1093/fmls/40.1.83.

Wells, C. 2007. “The Case of Barcelona in Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s Detective Fiction.” Romance Studies 25 (4): 279–288.