Towards a definition of Mediterranean Noir or Crime in the Mediterranean: Mediterranean noir or Mediterranean crime fiction?

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By intersecting the fields of Mediterranean studies and crime fiction studies, in this article I introduce a new reading of Mediterranean crime fiction that highlights unity
over divisions, violence and discrimination. I argue that with their reference to a common Mediterranean culture and history (and the concept of homecoming as a counter-narrative for the present anti-immigration rhetoric), crime novels set in the
Mediterranean area shape a transcultural space where human beings coexist and adapt to each other. By creating transcultural urban spaces, these novels are representative of a crime fiction that is not merely set in the Mediterranean area, but epitomizes the “uprooted geography” of Mediterranean hybridity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalBelphégor: Littérature populaire et culture médiatique
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2022


  • Crime fiction
  • Mediterranean studies
  • Camilleri
  • Izzo

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