A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational (Crime Files)

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Nominated for the Mystery Writers of America ‘Edgar Awards’!  A Counter-History of Crime Fiction takes a new look at the evolution of crime fiction, drawing on material from the Middle Ages up to the early Twentieth century, when the genre was theoretically defined as detective fiction. Considering 'criminography' as a system of inter-related, even incestuous, sub-genres, Maurizio Ascari explores the connections between modes of literature such as revenge tragedies and providential fictions, the gothic and the ghost story, urban mysteries and anarchist fiction, while taking into account the influence of pseudo-sciences such as mesmerism and criminal anthropology.

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MAURIZIO ASCARI is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bologna, Italy. His publications include books and essays on anarchist fiction, the formation of the literary canon and travel writing.

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Shortlisted for Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards 2008 (Category: Best Critical/Biographical)

'Maurizio Ascari's book is a thrilling journey through the supernaturally dark side of crime fiction. It excavates material that critics have not previously considered in the context of classic crime writing and also explores innovatively the role of the super-rational in the development and meaning of the genre. The book thoroughly justifies its challenging title as a Counter-History of Crime Fiction.' - Stephen Knight, Distinguished Research Professor in English Literature, University of Cardiff, UK

'...a well-written, insightful and important piece of criticism.' - Kim Toft Hansen, Kulturekapellet

'...[an] interestingly transnational approach to crime fiction...elegant language...captivating writing style...critically groundbreaking...' Rivista di Studi Vittoriani

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