Crime Fiction in the City

Capital Crimes

Editor(s): Lucy Andrew Catherine Phelps

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: International Crime Fictions

  • April 2013 · 208pages · 234x156mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708325865
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783160372
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783160389
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325872

About The Book

Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes expands upon previous studies of the urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city, a repository of authority, national identity and culture, within crime fiction. This wide-ranging collection looks at capital cities across Europe, from the more traditional centres of power - Paris, Rome and London - to Europe's most northern capital, Stockholm, and also considers the newly devolved capitals, Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The texts under consideration span the nineteenth-century city mysteries to contemporary populist crime fiction. The collection opens with a reflective essay by Ian Rankin and aims to inaugurate a dialogue between Anglophone and European crime writing; to explore the marginalised works of Irish and Welsh writers alongside established European crime writers and to interrogate the relationship between fact and fiction, creativity and criticism, within the crime genre.


This exciting new collection reconsiders and rereads the significance of location in crime fiction. Cities and crime have always been inextricably connected: city living engenders crime in its juxtaposition of wealth and poverty and in the anonymity and alienation of the individual in the mass. 'Crime Fiction in the City' takes this as its beginning and goes on to consider the national and identity politics inherent in locating crime fiction in cities. Importantly, the focus is not just on the capital cities of London, Paris and Rome, which have long been associated with the genre, but on cities such as Cardiff and Edinburgh, Dublin and Stockholm, which are more immediately concerned with emerging national identities. Opening with crime writer Ian Rankin's exposition on Edinburgh and closing with Professor Stephen Knight's exploration of the nineteenth-century crime-inflected 'Mysteries of the Cities', the collection has both academic rigour and popular appeal. Dr Heather Worthington, Cardiff University


Introduction Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps 1 Edinburgh Ian Rankin 2 ‘The map that engenders the territory’? Rethinking Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh Gill Plain 3 Corralling Crime in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay Catherine Phelps 4 Crimes and Contradictions: the Fictional City of Dublin Cormac O Cuilleanain 5 From National Authority to Urban Underbelly: Negotiations of Power in Stockholm Crime Fiction Kerstin Bergman 6 Streets and Squares, Quartiers and Arrondissements: Paris Crime Scenes and the Poetics of Contestation in the Novels of Jean-Francois Vilar Margaret Atack 7 The Mysteries of the Vatican: From Nineteenth-Century Anti-Clerical Propaganda to Dan Brown’s Religious Thrillers Maurizio Ascari 8 A Tale of Three Cities: Megalopolitan Mysteries of the Eighteen-Forties Stephen Knight Conclusion Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps

About the Editor(s)

Lucy Andrew

Lucy Andrew is a PhD student and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University.

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Catherine Phelps

Catherine Phelps is a PhD student and a postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University.

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