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- DescriptionRewriting Wrongs: French Crime Fiction and the Palimpsest furthers scholarly research into French crime fiction and, within that broad context, examines the nature, functions and specificity of the palimpsest. Originally a palaeographic phemen, the palimpsest has evolved into a figurative tion used to define any cultural artefact which has been reused but still bears traces of its earlier form. In her 2007 study The Palimpsest, Sarah Dillon refers to the persistent fascination with palimpsests in the popular imagination, embodying as they do the mystery of the secret, the miracle of resurrection and the thrill of detective discovery . In the context of crime fiction, the palimpsest is a particularly fertile metaphor. Because the practice of rewriting is so central to popular fiction as a whole, crime fiction is replete with hypertextual transformations. The palimpsest also has tremendous extra-diegetic resonance, in that crime fiction frequently involves the rewriting of criminal or historical events and scandals. This collection of essays therefore exemplifies and interrogates the various manifestations and implications of the palimpsest in French crime fiction.
- Author BiographyAngela Kimyongur is Senior Lecturer in French in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Hull. Her research interests lie in the intersections between literature, politics and history. Her recent publications include Crime in popular fiction: Remembering the Algerian War of Independence in contemporary French crime fiction in The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (2014), and Dominique Manotti and the roman noir in Contemporary Women's Writing (2013). Amy Wigelsworth is Lecturer in French at the Sheffield Business School (Sheffield Hallam University), and also teaches French at the University of York. She works on nineteenth-century French popular fiction and French crime fiction, and has published a number of articles on the nineteenth-century mysteres urbains, including Au seuil des bas-fonds: Footnotes in the mysteres urbains , in Dix-Neuf (2012). Her monograph, entitled Rewriting Les Mysteres de Paris: The Mysteres Urbains and the Palimpsest, will be published by Legenda in 2015.
- PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Date of Publication01/09/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Weight431 g
- Width148 mm
- Height212 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byAmy Wigelsworth,Angela Kimyongur
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
- Edition Statement1st Unabridged
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