Domestic Noir pp 137-158 | Cite as

The Violent Mother in Fact and Fiction

  • Nicoletta Di Ciolla
  • Anna Pasolini
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


Di Ciolla and Pasolini provide an interdisciplinary study on gender(ed) violence which draws on the critical tools of literary and textual analysis, intersected with theories and methodologies from the field of cultural criminology. They analyse three contemporary European “domestic noirs”, comparing their representations of mothers as perpetrators of crimes with the intelligence on gender(ed) violence that comes from studies in criminology and cultural criminology. Di Ciolla and Pasolini assess the extent to which literature and criminology can work synergetically towards a better understanding of women and crime.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicoletta Di Ciolla
    • 1
  • Anna Pasolini
    • 2
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.University of MilanMilanItaly

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