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Although George Bernard Shaw quipped that "the Germans lack talent for two things: revolution and crime novels," there is a long tradition of German crime fiction; it simply hasn't aligned itself with international trends. During the 1920s, German-language writers dispensed with the detective and focused instead on criminals, a trend that did not take hold in other countries until after 1945, by which time Germany had gone on to produce antidetective novels that were similarly ahead of their time. German crime fiction has thus always been a curious case; rather than follow the established rules of the genre, it has always been interested in examining, breaking, and ultimately rewriting those rules. This book assembles leading international scholars to examine today's German crime fiction. It features innovative scholarly work that matches the innovativeness of the genre, taking up the Regionalkrimi; crime fiction's reimagining and transforming of traditional identities; historical crime fiction that examines Germany's and Austria's conflicted twentieth-century past; and how the newly vibrant Austrian crime fiction ties in with and differentiates itself from its German counterpart.

Contributors: Angelika Baier, Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Kyle Frackman, Sascha Gerhards, Heike Henderson, Susanne C. Knittel, Anita McChesney, Traci S. O'Brien, Jon Sherman, Faye Stewart, Magdalena Waligorska.

Lynn M. Kutch is Professor of German at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Todd Herzog is Professor and Head of the Department of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

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ISBN-13: 9781640140264
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture Series , #2540
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Lynn M. Kutch and Todd Herzog
Vor Ort: The Functions and Early Roots of German Regional Crime - Kyle Frackman
Krimi Quo Vadis: Literary and Televised Trends in the German Crime Genre - Sascha Gerhards
Plurality and Alterity in wolf Haas's Detective Brenner Mysteries - Jon Sherman
The Case of the Austrian Regional Crime Novel - Anita Mc Chesney
"Darkness at the Beginning": The Holocaust in Contemporary German Crime Fiction - Magdalena Waligórska
Case Histories: The Lagacy of Nazi Euthanasia in Recent German Heimatkrimis - Susanne C. Knittel
"Der Fall Loest": A Case Study of Crime Stories and the Public Sphere in the GDR - Carol Anne Costabile-Heming
What's in Your Bag?: "Freudian Crimes" and Austria's Nazi Past in Eva Rossmann's Freudsche Verbrechen - Traci S. O'Brien
Layered Deviance: Intersexuality in Contemporary German Crime Fiction - Angelika Baier
Girls in the Gay Bar: Performing and Policing Identity in Crime Fiction - Faye Stewart
Eva Rossmann's Culinary Mysteries - Heike Henderson
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