Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction

  • Pamela Bedore

Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

About this book


This book reveals subversive representations of gender, race and class in detective dime novels (1860-1915), arguing that inherent tensions between subversive and conservative impulses—theorized as contamination and containment—explain detective fiction's ongoing popular appeal to readers and to writers such as Twain and Faulkner.


Dime Novels Detective Fiction Crime Fiction American Fiction America detective fiction fiction gender novel

Authors and affiliations

  • Pamela Bedore
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of ConnecticutUSA

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