Crime Fiction and Authoritarianism

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In this chapter I ponder the tridimensional relationship between crime fiction, authoritarian regimes and world literature, exploring the extent to which it is possible to understand “the circulation and translation of ideas, themes, and concerns about crime and policing across and between national traditions, while attempting to pay due attention to specifi c sociocultural and institutional contexts” (Pepper 2016 : 10– 11). To this end, I will focus on two groups of authoritarian regimes: Communist (mostly Eastern Bloc, but also Cuba), and Latin American military dictatorships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction
EditorsJanice Allan, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King, Andrew Pepper
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780429453342
ISBN (Print)9781138320352
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Companions


  • Crime fiction
  • Authoritarianism
  • Cuban literature
  • Latin America
  • Soviet Union
  • Communism
  • dictatorships

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