Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction

, John Cullen Gruesser.“Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction.” 2013: n. pag. Print.

It traces the roles that gender, race and empire have played in American detective fiction from Edgar Allan Poe’s works through the myriad variations upon them published before 1920 to hard-boiled fiction (the origins of which derive in part from turn-of-the-20th-century notions about gender, race and nationality), and it concludes with a discussion of contemporary mystery series with inner-city settings that address black male and female heroism.