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Author Robinson, Michelle, 1979- author.

Title Dreams for dead bodies : blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction / Miriam Michelle Robinson.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2016]


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Class, culture.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 8, 2016).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The Original Plotmaker -- 1. Reverse type -- 2. The art of framing lies -- 3. To have been possessed -- 4. The great work remaining before us -- 5. Prescription: homicide? -- Conclusion: Dream within a dream.
Summary Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction offers new arguments about the origins of detective fiction in the United States, tracing the lineage of the genre back to unexpected texts and uncovering how authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Rudolph Fisher made use of the genre's puzzle-elements to explore the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America. The author constructs an interracial genealogy of detective fiction to create a nuanced picture of the ways that black and white authors appropriated and cultivated literary conventions that coalesced in a recognizable genre at the turn of the twentieth century. These authors tinkered with detective fiction's puzzle-elements to address a variety of historical contexts, including the exigencies of chattel slavery, the erosion of working-class solidarities by racial and ethnic competition, and accelerated mass production. Dreams for Dead Bodies demonstrates that nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature was broadly engaged with detective fiction, and that authors rehearsed and refined its formal elements in literary works typically relegated to the margins of the genre. By looking at these margins, the book argues, we can better understand the origins and cultural functions of American detective fiction.
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Language English.
Subject Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Working class in literature.
Slavery in literature.
Work in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Mystery & Detective.
African Americans in literature. (OCoLC)fst00799727
Detective and mystery stories, American. (OCoLC)fst00891483
Slavery in literature. (OCoLC)fst01120515
Work in literature. (OCoLC)fst01180310
Working class in literature. (OCoLC)fst01180556
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: (DLC) 2015041733 (OCoLC)910980426
ISBN 9780472121816 (electronic bk.)
0472121812 (electronic bk.)
9780472900602 (electronic bk.)
0472900609 (electronic bk.)
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AU@ 000060582356
GBVCP 1008665436
GBVCP 1030560846
GBVCP 865793859
GBVCP 869962043
NLGGC 402131568

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