Masquerade, Crime and Fiction: Criminal Deceptions

Hardcover | September 5, 2006

byL. Peach

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This ground-breaking study argues that literature and criminology share a common concern to understand modernity and that this project is often focused upon gender-specific criminality. Central to this concern is duplicity masquerade and performance. These subjects are explored for the first time in relation to criminality with reference to a range of literary and popular texts, from Dickens and Poe through to Toni Morrison and Easton Ellis, in which the traditional boundaries between different genders and sexualities are made more fluid and complex than in traditional criminal narratives.

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This ground-breaking study argues that literature and criminology share a common concern to understand modernity and that this project is often focused upon gender-specific criminality. Central to this concern is duplicity masquerade and performance. These subjects are explored for the first time in relation to criminality with referen...

LINDEN PEACH is Professor and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Northumbria University, UK. He was previously Professor of Modern Literature at the Universities of Gloucestershire and Loughborough.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230006582

ISBN - 13:9780230006584

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Table of Contents

Preface * Acknowledgements * Mocking Modernity * Gender and Performance in the Criminal Masquerade * The Cavader as Criminalised Text * Where does that Criminality Come From? Women in a Criminalising Modernity * Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Sara Paretsky: the New Woman * Masquerade, Criminality and Desire in Toni Morrison's Fiction * Writing the Serial Killer into (Post) Modernity * Conclusion * End Notes * Index