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Crime Fiction in German

Der Krimi

Author(s): Katharina Hall

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: International Crime Fictions

March 2016192 pages

Hardback - 9781783168163 Paperback - 9781783168170 eBook - epub - 9781783168194 eBook - mobi - 9781783168200 eBook - pdf - 9781783168187

About The Book

Crime Fiction in German is the first volume in English to offer a comprehensive overview of German-language crime fiction from its origins in the early nineteenth century to its vibrant growth in the new millennium. As well as introducing readers to crime fiction from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the former East Germany, the volume expands the notion of a German crime-writing tradition by investigating Nazi crime fiction, Jewish-German crime fiction, Turkish-German crime fiction and the Afrika-Krimi. Significant trends, including the West German social crime novel, women’s crime writing, regional crime fiction, historical crime fiction and the Fernsehkrimi television crime drama are also explored, highlighting the genre’s distinctive features in German-language contexts.

This volume includes a map of German-speaking Europe, a chronology of key crime publishing milestones, primary texts and trends, as well as an annotated bibliography of print and online resources in English and German.


'This volume proficiently offers readers an introduction, comprehensive overview, and expanded understanding of the numerous and sometimes unexpected German-language contributions to the crime genre to demonstrate the reading, writing, and studying German crime can pay.'
- Anita McChesney, Journal of Austrian Studies 52.1-2


Map of German-speaking areas in Europe
Crime Fiction in German Chronology
1. Crime Fiction in German: Key Concepts, Developments and Trends Katharina Hall
Der Krimi; The pioneers (1828–1933); Crime fiction under National Socialism
(1933–45); Post-war crime narratives (1945–59) and East German crime fiction
(1949–70); The West German Soziokrimi (1960–) and further East German crime
fiction (1971–89); Turkish-German crime fiction and the Frauenkrimi (1980–);
Historical crime fiction, regional crime fiction and the rise of the Afrika-Krimi
(1989–); Crime fiction of the new millennium and the lacuna of Jewish-German
crime fiction
2. The Emergence of Crime Fiction in German: An Early Maturity
Mary Tannert
3. Austrian Crime Fiction: Experimentation, Critical Memory and Humour
Marieke Krajenbrink
4. Swiss Crime Fiction: Loosli, Glauser, Dürrenmatt and Beyond
Martin Rosenstock
5. Der Afrika-Krimi: German Crime Fiction in Africa
Julia Augart
6. Der Frauenkrimi: Women’s Crime Writing in German
Faye Stewart
7. Historical Crime Fiction in German: The Turbulent Twentieth Century
Katharina Hall
8. Der Fernsehkrimi: A Short History of Television Crime Drama in German
Katharina Hall
Annotated Bibliography of Resources on German-language Crime Fiction
Katharina Hall

About the Author(s)

Katharina Hall

Katharina Hall is Associate Professor of German at Swansea University, and runs the international crime fiction blog ‘Mrs Peabody Investigates’ (mrspeabodyinvestigates.wordpress.com).

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