Christiana Gregoriou's book, now available in paperback, attempts to redefine the boundaries of an endlessly fascinating genre by exploring three aspects of deviance that contemporary crime fiction manipulates: linguistic, social, and generic. Includes detailed case studies on James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Patricia Cornwell.
Now available in paperback, Christiana Gregoriou's book explores three aspects of deviance manipulated by contemporary crime fiction: linguistic, social, and generic. In detailed case studies of the work of James Patterson, Michael Connolly and Patricia Cornwell, Gregoriou investigates the ways in which crime fiction challenges linguistic norms, the boundaries of acceptable social behaviour, and generic conventions. Through the examination of recurrent criminal archetypes such as the monster, the vampire and the spoilt child, and also through analysis of the ways in which crime fiction can be seen as a version of 'carnival', this study attempts to redefine the boundaries of an endlessly fascinating genre.
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: Narratology and Deviance Contemporary Crime Fiction: Constraints and Development Linguistic Deviance: The Stylistics of Criminal Justification Social Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction Generic Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction Conclusion References Index