A student guide to this popular literary genre. Contains tips and further reading for successful study at undergraduate level. A series of introductory books, the Genre Series offers students, writers and academics a window into some of the most popular topics, styles and periods in literature. Designed to be user-friendly, each volume shares the same structure, including: A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements A timeline of historical developments Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading Detailed readings of several key texts In-depth analysis of major themes and issues Signposts for further study A summary of the most important criticism in the field A glossary of terms An annotated, critical reading list. Authors covered in this volume include Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allen Poe, Thomas Harris, Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, Agatha Christie, Ian Rankin, PD James, and Sara Paretsky.
Table of Contents
Introduction Timeline Getting Started The Best and the Best Known Major Themes, Movements and Issues Key Questions Criticism in the Field Glossary Bibliography and Further Reading Index
Alistair Wisker is Tutor in Creative Writing and English at Ruskin College, Oxford.