Gone Genre: How the Academy Came Running and Discovered Nothing Was As It Seemed

  • Henry Sutton
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


What has been the impact of literary critical techniques on the narrative strategies of ‘crime’ novelists and their thinking particularly around context (or employment of metafictional strategies)? While this question is implicitly posed in many of the studies mentioned in this essay, it has rarely been the explicit starting point for an analysis. Asking the question from this way round yields some different lines of enquiry. In other words, how knowing are certain crime writers? Rita Felski discusses the concept of ‘interpretation-as-narrative’, stating that it is ‘the means by which a critical sensibility spins out storylines that connect understanding to explaining. What are the guiding affinities between suspicion and storytelling?’

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  • Henry Sutton
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  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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