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Sara Paretsky

Detective Fiction as Trauma Literature. Contemporary American and Canadian Writers

By (author) Cynthia Hamilton
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jun 2015
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm d 20mm
Weight: 363g
ISBN-10: 0719096952
ISBN-13: 9780719096952
Barcode No: 9780719096952
Sara Paretsky is known for her influential V.I. Warshawski series, which transformed the masculine hard-boiled detective formula into a vehicle for feminist values. But Paretsky does more than this. Her novels also illustrate the extent to which detective fiction acts as a literature of trauma, allowing Paretsky to address the politics of agency in ways that go beyond the personal, for trauma always has a social and a political dimension. Paretsky's work also exploits the way detective fiction mirrors the writing of history. Here, Paretsky uses the form to expose the partiality of historical accounts - whether they be personal, institutional, or national - that authorise 'forgetting' of a particularly insidious kind. Significantly, all these issues are explored within the framework of the traditional hard-boiled detective novel. As a result, Paretsky's achievement forces us to acknowledge the deeply subversive potential of detective fiction. -- .

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