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Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

Andrew Pepper

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198716181
eISBN:
9780191784347
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716181.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The emergence of crime fiction is bound up with the consolidation of the bureaucratic state and modern capitalism. This is the simple truth at the heart of this book. Further, it is the ... More


Introduction: Crime Fiction as Unwilling Executioner

Andrew Pepper

in Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198716181
eISBN:
9780191784347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716181.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter sets out the key concerns and main arguments of the book. Crime fiction—or the kind of crime fiction examined in this book—produces a contradictory account of the state as both necessary ... More


‘A Life of Horrid and Inimitable Wickedness’: Crime, Law, and Punishment in Early Eighteenth-century London and Paris

Andrew Pepper

in Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198716181
eISBN:
9780191784347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716181.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The central claim of this chapter is that the 1720s mark the first significant moment in the early development of the crime story, for a number of reasons. First, the period witnessed an explosion of ... More


‘Let Us Attack Injustice at Its Source’: Crime Literature in an Era of Revolution and Reform

Andrew Pepper

in Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198716181
eISBN:
9780191784347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716181.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the context for penal reform in the second half of the eighteenth century as a pan-European phenomenon and brings together political works by Cesare Beccaria, Voltaire, and ... More


‘A Mysterious Power Whose Hand is Everywhere’: Imagining the State and Codifying the Law in the Mid-nineteenth Century

Andrew Pepper

in Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198716181
eISBN:
9780191784347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716181.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 3 focuses on those crime stories that situate themselves and their account of crime in the context of larger questions about the nature of social and political organization in ... More


Crime, Business, and Liberty at the Turn of the Century: The Individual, the State, and the Emergence of Modern Capitalism

Andrew Pepper

in Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198716181
eISBN:
9780191784347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716181.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines a series of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century crime stories in England and France by Arthur Conan Doyle, Gaston Leroux, Arthur Morrison, and Marcel Allain and Pierre ... More


Classicism and Deviation in <i>His Girl Friday</i> and <i>Double Indemnity</i>

Todd Berliner

in Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190658748
eISBN:
9780190658786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 illustrates an aesthetically productive balance between easy understanding and cognitive challenge in classical Hollywood cinema with extended analyses of His Girl Friday and Double ... More


Crime Films during the Period of the Production Code Administration

Todd Berliner

in Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190658748
eISBN:
9780190658786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 8 demonstrates the ways in which ideological constraints in studio-era Hollywood shaped the aesthetic properties of an entire body of crime films, now commonly known as film noir. The ... More


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