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Sara Paretsky: Detective fiction as trauma literature

Cynthia S. Hamilton

Abstract

This is the first book-length study of Sara Paretsky’s detective fiction. 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. She uses contemporary instances of corporate malfeasance and political corruption to indict the indifference, inadequacy, and betrayals of institutions charged with promoting the public good. Her novels also illustrate the extent to which detective fiction acts as a literature of trauma, allowing Paretsky to address the politics o ... More

Keywords: Paretsky, Warshawski, trauma, historical accounts, feminist, hard-boiled detective, coercive power, politics of agency, strategies of resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719096952
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096952.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia S. Hamilton, author
Liverpool Hope University