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The Resource Justice and revenge in contemporary American crime fiction, Stuart Sim

Justice and revenge in contemporary American crime fiction, Stuart Sim

Label
Justice and revenge in contemporary American crime fiction
Title
Justice and revenge in contemporary American crime fiction
Statement of responsibility
Stuart Sim
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Social commentators have noted a marked decline in moral values in contemporary American society, both in public and private life, and this comes through very strongly in its crime fiction. In this study, the work of James Ellroy, James Lee Burke, Walter Mosley, Sara Paretsky, and George Pelecanos is explored in terms of the agenda of social criticism lying behind it. There is a turn towards revenge and vigilante activity on the part of their detective figures that presents a very unflattering picture of American culture and how it is developing. Ellroy dubs this 'absolute justice', but it proves to be part of the problem rather than any effective solution to dealing with the problem of evil. Each of these authors is wrestling with the issues this raises, and as Stuart Sim argues, their detective figures are no longer moral exemplars but symptoms of a wider social malaise.--Provided by publisher
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Sim, Stuart
Dewey number
813/.087209
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.D4
LC item number
S56 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Palgrave pivot
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  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • American fiction
  • Criminals in literature
  • Crime in literature
Label
Justice and revenge in contemporary American crime fiction, Stuart Sim
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 120-124) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: The Anti-Detective Figure and the 'New America' -- James Ellroy: The LA Quartet and 'Absolute Justice' -- James Lee Burke: Dave Robicheaux {u2013} Keeping Evil at Bay -- Walter Mosley: Easy Rawlins and the African American Experience -- Sara Paretsky: The Female Private Investigator Versus Patriarchy -- George Pelecanos: Nick Stefanos {u2013} The Private Investigator and 'Absolute Justice' -- Conclusion: Crime Fiction and Moral Decline
Control code
905521019
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vi, 127 pages
Isbn
9781137469656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)905521019
Label
Justice and revenge in contemporary American crime fiction, Stuart Sim
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 120-124) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: The Anti-Detective Figure and the 'New America' -- James Ellroy: The LA Quartet and 'Absolute Justice' -- James Lee Burke: Dave Robicheaux {u2013} Keeping Evil at Bay -- Walter Mosley: Easy Rawlins and the African American Experience -- Sara Paretsky: The Female Private Investigator Versus Patriarchy -- George Pelecanos: Nick Stefanos {u2013} The Private Investigator and 'Absolute Justice' -- Conclusion: Crime Fiction and Moral Decline
Control code
905521019
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vi, 127 pages
Isbn
9781137469656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)905521019

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