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Title:Special issue: crime fiction, South Africa
Editor:Naidu, SamISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa (ISSN 2159-9130)
City of publisher:Durban
Publisher:University of Natal
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:crime novels
literary criticism
About persons:Andrew BrownISNI
Margie OrfordISNI
S.L. Grey pseud. for Sarah Lotz en Louis Greenberg
Abstract:Crime fiction is an emergent category in South African literary studies. The introduction to this special issue of 'Current Writing', by Sam Naidu, positions South African crime fiction and its scholarship in a global lineage of crime and detective fiction. It identifies two sub-genres of South African crime fiction: the crime thriller novel and the literary detective novel. Elizabeth le Roux outlines the publishing history of South African crime and detective fiction in English. Anneke Rautenbach examines the aesthetics of true-crime in contemporary South Africa. Witchcraft crime narratives in the South African tabloid newspaper 'Daily Sun' are discussed by Priscilla Boshoff. Sabine Binder focuses on the detective figures in contemporary South African crime fiction, in particular the detective in Andrew Brown's 'Coldsleep Lullaby' (2005). Claudia Drawe examines how Cape Town is used as a locale in the novels of Deon Meyer, Mike Nicol and Roger Smith. Elizabeth Fletcher considers feminist crime fiction and its possibilities in a contemporary South African crime novel, 'Daddy's Girl' (2009) by Margie Orford. Jessica Murray discusses intersections of shame, women's alcohol consumption and sexual vulnerability in a crime novel by Sarah Lotz, 'Exhibit A' (2009). Finally, Margie Orford traces her narrative journey as a crime novelist towards an understanding of violent crime in postapartheid South Africa. [ASC Leiden abstract]