World Crime Fiction

Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King

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In the case of crime fiction, since the first critical discussions of the genre in the early twentieth century, scholars have strongly focused on the United Kingdom, the United States and, sometimes, France, while paying only scant attention to parallel or emerging traditions in the rest of the world. This chapter offers a discussion of crime fiction as a literary genre that is uniquely global in terms of its production, circulation and reception. The tardiness with which crime fiction studies has embraced the wider world of crime writing is due to the special standing of British and American texts within the crime fiction universe. The development of crime fiction into a global genre is conventionally described as a matter of foreign writers taking over British-American forms and filling them with local contents, thereby producing works that might be of a high quality yet are in a fundamental sense derivative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to World Literature
EditorsTheo D'haen, David Damrosch, Djelal Kadir
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003230663
ISBN (Print)9781032075389, 9781032137438
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Literary Companions


  • Crime fiction
  • World Literature
  • Detective fiction
  • transnational literature
  • Popular fiction

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