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Crime Scenes

Latin American Crime Fiction from the 1960s to the 2010s

Edited By Charlotte Lange and Ailsa Peate

Crime fiction has become a key element in Latin American literature. The rise in production of the genre can be explained by an urgency to explore issues of morality in societies which incorporate varying levels of censorship and corruption. Through a focus on the concept of the crime scene itself, this book identifies and interrogates some of the principal developments in contemporary Latin American crime fiction. In ten chapters which cover Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, and generic diversity which spans police procedurals, narcoliteratura, postmodern detection, and historical portrayals of crimes, the authors investigate how the crime scene – which has always been central to the genre and its subgenres – critiques local and global issues, including social injustice, discrimination, neoliberalism, violence, identity, corruption, and memory.

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PASCALE BAKER is Lecturer in Latin American Studies at UCD. She gained her MA in Latin American Studies and her PhD, on bandits in Latin American literature and culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from the University of Sheffield, where she worked as a University Teacher. She has published widely on the topic of banditry in Latin American fiction, including a monograph on the ‘golden age’ of banditry in Latin America, and is currently working towards a monograph on the subject of female bandits and rebels in Latin American cultural production.

DIANA BATTAGLIA completed her PhD at the University of Leeds with a thesis on the representation of Cubanness in the detective fiction of Leonardo Padura Fuentes. Before taking on her current role as Lecturer in Spanish at UCD, she covered a position of Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include contemporary Latin American cultural production, Spanish and Latin American detective fiction, with a particular interest in Cuban literature. Her work on the crime genre focuses mainly on politically committed detective fiction and looks at the representation of cultural memory and cultural identity in crime novels, settled during periods of transitions and crisis.

KATIE BROWN is Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Exeter, specializing in Venezuelan cultural production, especially literature, in its socio-political context. She completed a PhD about literary production in Venezuela under Chávez at King’s College London, which forms the...

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