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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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Dr Charlotte Lange works at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She has published a monograph, Modos de parodia (2008), and several articles on Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Reinaldo Arenas and Jorge Ibargüengoitia. She is currently completing articles on Mexican writers Myriam Laurini, Antonio Ortuño and José Agustín.

Dr Ailsa Peate is Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project Memory, Victims, and Representations of the Colombian Conflict at the University of Liverpool, where she also completed her PhD in Mexican and Cuban crime fiction. She has lectured on sex and violence in international crime narratives at Lancaster University.

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