The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction 1860-1917
Deciphering Stories of Detection

Claire Whitehead

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

10 September 2018  •  280pp

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Crime fiction enjoys almost unparalleled success in post-Soviet Russia; but what do we know about its origins and development in the nineteenth century? Claire Whitehead's ground-breaking and in-depth study rescues early Russian crime fiction from obscurity and undertakes a detailed examination of how the genre harnesses various storytelling techniques to create its striking effects. The author offers exciting new discussions of works by Fedor Dostoevskii and Anton Chekhov, while directing much of the spotlight towards the significant contribution made by numerous unknown and underrated writers, including Nikolai Sokolovskii, Nikolai Timofeev, Semyon Panov, Aleksandr Shkliarevskii, Aleksandra Sokolova and Andrei Zarin. Beginning with an examination of the generic hybridity of Russian crime fiction at its inception, attention then turns to various aspects of the genre's textual poetics. Chapters focus upon issues of narrative authority, multiplicity of voice, time structure, intertextuality, narrative self-consciousness and, finally, parody, to consider how the texts manipulate the reader's access to knowledge.

Claire Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Russian at the University of St Andrews.

Contents:

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Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
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Note On Translation and Transliteration
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Introduction
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Chapter 1 Blurring the Lines: Fact and Fiction in Early Russian Crime Writing
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Chapter 2 Legal Power: Authority and Its Construction in Early Russian Crime Fiction
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Chapter 3 Sifting For Clues Amongst A Multiplicity of Voice
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Chapter 4 Doing Time: Temporal Organization in Russian Crime Fiction
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Chapter 5 Textual Clues: Intertextuality and Metatextuality
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Chapter 6 Bending the Rules of the Game: Parody in Russian Detective Fiction
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Conclusion
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Bibliography
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Index
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Whitehead, Claire, The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction 1860-1917: Deciphering Stories of Detection (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Claire Whitehead, The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction 1860-1917: Deciphering Stories of Detection (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Whitehead, p. 47.

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Whitehead, Claire. 2018. The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction 1860-1917: Deciphering Stories of Detection (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Whitehead 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Whitehead 2018: 21.

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