“How Much Do You Want to Pay for This Beauty?”: Domestic Noir and the Active Turn in Feminist Crime Fiction

  • Emma V. Miller
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


Domestic noir fiction has led the way in presenting women as not just the passive victims of crimes but also as distinct individuals with the agency to fight back, to make choices, to survive a crime or even to be a criminal agent. Focusing on Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paul Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, this chapter examines the gendering of the body in crime fiction and how female characters are portrayed as increasingly active participants in the plots of popular noir fiction, the cultural response to this shift, and how far our ‘entertainment’ reflects or indeed, challenges, the criminal reality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma V. Miller
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  1. 1.University of DurhamNorth YorkshireUK

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