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Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State

Andrew Pepper


The emergence of crime fiction is bound up with the consolidation of the bureaucratic state and modern capitalism. This is the simple truth at the heart of this book. Further, it is the contradictions that ensue when the state assumes control of the justice system that fuel the genre’s development. Unwilling Executioner offers a dramatic new interpretation of this development over a three hundred year period and as a genuinely transnational phenomenon. From its roots in the tales of criminality of the early eighteenth century, this book examines the richness and complexity of the genre’s thema ... More

Keywords: Crime fiction, the state, sovereignty, capitalism, transnational, politics of crime, policing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716181
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Pepper, author
Queen's University Belfast, Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature