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Author Robinson, Michelle, 1979- author.

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

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


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Description 1 online resource (256 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Class : culture
Class, culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-250) and index.
Contents Introduction: The original plotmaker -- Reverse type -- The art of framing lies -- To have been possessed -- The great work remaining before us -- Prescription: Homicide? -- Conclusion: dream within a dream.
Summary Dreams of Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and Detective Fiction in American Literature argues that the detective genre's lineage lies in unexpected texts: experimental works on the margins of what we recognize as classical detective fiction today. It shows that authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Rudolph Fisher drew on detective fiction's puzzle-elements to wrestle with complicated questions about race and labor in the United States, such that the emergence of detective fiction is itself bound to a history of interracial conflicts and labor struggles. Unlike previous studies of detective fiction, this book foregrounds an interracial genealogy of detective fiction, building a nuanced picture of the ways that both black and white American authors appropriated and cultivated literary conventions that finally 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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System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
Processing Action digitized 2011 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda MiAaHDL
Language English.
Access Open Access EbpS
Subject Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
Working class in literature.
Slavery in literature.
Work in literature.
Noirs américains dans la littérature.
Travailleurs dans la littérature.
Esclavage dans la littérature.
Travail dans la littérature.
Cultural studies.
Society and culture: general.
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Mystery & Detective.
Working class in literature
Work in literature
Slavery in literature
Detective and mystery stories, American
African Americans in literature
Indexed Term literature.
cultural studies.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Robinson, Michelle, 1979- Dreams for dead bodies 9780472119813 (DLC) 2015041733 (OCoLC)910980426
ISBN 9780472121816 (ebook)
0472121812 (ebook)
9780472900602 (electronic bk.)
0472900609 (electronic bk.)
9780472119813 (hardback ; acid-free paper)
0472119818 (hardback ; acid-free paper)
Standard No. 10.3998/mpub.8749028 doi
AU@ 000058392741
AU@ 000060582356
GBVCP 1008665436
GBVCP 1030560846
GBVCP 865793859
GBVCP 869962043
NLGGC 402131568

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