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Writing and Translating Crime Fiction during Italian Fascism

Caterina Sinibaldi   University of Manchester

Donna LeonOver the last twenty years, Italian crime fiction has attracted growing scholarly attention, both in Italy and in the Anglophone world. If, on the one hand, this is due to a renewed interest in previously neglected areas of ‘letteratura popolare’, on the other it cannot be denied that Italy itself has become a central theme in crime fiction. Not only have contemporary Italian authors, such as Carlo Lucarelli and Andrea Camilleri, gained international success, but also British and North-American authors (Michael Dibdin and Donna Leon, just to mention two) have chosen to set their detective stories in Italy.

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Crime fiction, society, history

978-0-7864-7652-7Crime fiction has become an increasingly popular instrument for analysing whatever social and cultural order there once was and now is. Contributions to the genre are investigated, using some of the same techniques deployed by their protagonists, for the street-life materials and perspectives which many sociological analyses leave out. Shifts in the nature of the crimes and the character of criminals and their pursuers, hapless, heroic or just plain human, are scrutinised for the light they can shed on long-term political and cultural changes. The evolution of Italian crime fiction has recently been tracked in detail by Barbara Pezzotti in her Politics and Society in Italian Crime Fiction: An Historical Overview (2014), which takes the reader from Mondadori’s launch of i libri gialli in 1929 up to the work of Marcello Fois and his use of the genre to probe Sardinian identity.

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Crime Fiction Conference in Galway/1

Barbara Pezzotti   ACIS

I have just come back from Galway where I attended the international crime fiction conference “Gender and Sexuality in the Crime Genre”. Organized by Kate Quinn (University of Galway) and Marieke Krajenbrink (University of Limerick), the conference hosted a great number of interesting papers from scholars coming from Europe, the USA, Australia, India, Kuwait, Russia and Taiwan. The conference also hosted two keynote addresses, one by Andrew Pepper (Queen’s University, Belfast) and the other by Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham). In this post I will talk about Pepper’s presentation, while a subsequent post will be devoted to Downing’s speech.

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