Sara Paretsky: Detective Fiction as Trauma Literature (Contemporary American and Canadian Writers) (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Cynthia S. Hamilton is Professor of American Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool Hope University
Product Details
ISBN: 9781526156044
ISBN-10: 1526156040
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Contemporary American and Canadian Writers