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Author King, Stewart, 1968- author

Title Murder in the multinational state : crime fiction from Spain / Stewart King
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2019


Description 1 online resource
Series New hispanisms : cultural and literary studies
New hispanisms
Contents Preface : a confession of sorts -- Introduction : constructing communities in crime fiction : the case of Spain -- Nations and their margins : Manuel Vázquez Montalbán's Carvalho series -- Criminal records and democratic futures : investigating the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship -- The language of detection in Catalan crime fiction -- The consequences of crime : victims in the Basque thriller -- The usual suspects : investigating stereotypes and modernity in the Galician crime novel -- Contemporary police fiction : the return of centralised authority -- Conclusion : interrogating identities in the multinational, multicultural state and beyond
Summary "As Spaniards set out to transform the political, social and cultural landscape of the nation following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, its crime fiction traces, challenges and celebrates these radical changes. Murder in the Multinational State: Crime Fiction from Spain provides a comprehensive exploration of the relationship between detective fiction and national and cultural identities in post-Franco democratic Spain. What sort of stories are told about the nation within the state in the crime genre? How do the conventions of the crime story shape not only the production of national and cultural identities, but also their disruption? Combining criminological theories of crime and community with an analysis of the genre's conventions, this study challenges the simple classification of Spanish crime fiction as texts written by Spaniards, set in Spain and with Spanish characters. Instead, it develops a dramatic new reading practice which allows for a greater understanding of the role of crime fiction in the construction and articulation of different and, at times, competing, national and cultural identities, including in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia. The book provides a stimulating introduction to the key debates on the study of crime fiction and national and cultural identities in the context of a multinational state"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Stewart King is Senior Lecturerin Spanish and Latin American Studies and coordinates the International Literatures program at Monash University, Australia. He completed a PhD in Spanish and Catalan Studies at La Trobe University. He is the author ofEscribir la catalanidad(Tamesis, 2005) and has edited or co-edited several collections, includingTheSpace of Culture: Critical Readings in Hispanic Studies(University of Delaware Press, 2004) and "The Future of Memory in Spain" (Bulletin of Hispanic Studies2017). He is currently co-editing The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 29, 2019)
Subject Detective and mystery stories, Spanish -- History and criticism
Spanish fiction -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Spanish & Portuguese.
Detective and mystery stories, Spanish.
Spanish fiction.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019017136
ISBN 9781000021479