Contemporary Hispanic Crime Fiction: A Transatlantic Discourse on Urban Violence

Hardcover | August 15, 2008

byGlen S. Close

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This study examines representations of the cityscape and of a so-called "new urban violence" in both detective-centered and detectiveless crime fiction produced in Spanish America and Spain during recent decades. It documents the emergence and permutations of this production as an index not only of local perceptions of contemporary urban experience and of a contemporary urban “ecology of fear,” but also as a transnational index of the globalization of literary forms and markets. It centers on the inscription of urban space in novels set in the metropolitan centers of the Hispanic World: Mexico City, Bogota, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona.

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This study examines representations of the cityscape and of a so-called "new urban violence" in both detective-centered and detectiveless crime fiction produced in Spanish America and Spain during recent decades. It documents the emergence and permutations of this production as an index not only of local perceptions of contemporary urb...

Glen S. Close is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of La imprenta enterrada. Arlt, Baroja y el imaginario anarquista and co-editor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Detective Fiction: Essays on the Género Negro Tradition as well as a number of articles on Spanish-language crime fictio...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.61 × 0.72 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230607977

ISBN - 13:9780230607972

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Introduction * Mexico City * Bogotá * Buenos Aires * Barcelona

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"Contemporary Hispanic Crime Fiction is a clearly written, fascinating, and fresh analysis of the Spanish and Latin American crime novel. It is an informative look at intertextual and transatlantic relationships within the genre of crime fiction."--Fernando Fabio Sanchez, Portland State University