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Detecting Canada
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The first serious book-length study of crime writing in Canada, Detecting Canada contains thirteen essays on many of Canada’s most popular crime writers, including Peter Robinson, Giles Blunt, Gail Bowen, Thomas King, Michael Slade, Margaret Atwood, and Anthony Bidulka. Genres examined range from the well-loved police procedural and the amateur sleuth to those less well known, such as anti-detection and contemporary noir novels. The book looks critically at the esteemed sixties’ television show Wojeck, as well as the more recent series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, and Intelligence, and the controversial Durham County, a critically acclaimed but violent television series that ran successfully in both Canada and the United States.

The essays in Detecting Canada look at texts from a variety of perspectives, including postcolonial studies, gender and queer studies, feminist studies, Indigenous studies, and critical race and class studies. Crime fiction, enjoyed by so many around the world, speaks to all of us about justice, citizenship, and important social issues in an uncertain world.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jeannette Sloniowski and Marilyn Rose
  3. pp. xi-xxiv
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  1. History and Theory
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Coca-Colonials Write Back: Localizing the Global in Canadian Crime Fiction
  2. Beryl Langer
  3. pp. 3-18
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  1. 2. Canadian Crime Writing in English
  2. David Skene-Melvin
  3. pp. 19-52
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  1. Essays on Fiction
  2. pp. 53-54
  1. 3. Canadian Psycho: Genre, Nation, and Colonial Violence in Michael Slade’s Gothic RCMP Procedurals
  2. Brian Johnson
  3. pp. 55-82
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  1. 4. Northern Procedures: Policing the Nation in Giles Blunt’s The Delicate Storm
  2. Manina Jones
  3. pp. 83-100
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  1. 5. Revisioning the Dick: Reading Thomas King’s Thumps DreadfulWater Mysteries
  2. Jennifer Andrews and Priscilla L. Walton
  3. pp. 101-122
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  1. 6. Generic Play and Gender Trouble in Peter Robinson’s In a Dry Season
  2. Jeannette Sloniowski
  3. pp. 123-150
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  1. 7. A Colder Kind of Gender Politics: Intersections of Feminism and Detection in Gail Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn Series
  2. Pamela Bedore
  3. pp. 151-178
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  1. 8. Queer Eye for the Private Eye: Homonationalism and the Regulation of Queer Difference in Anthony Bidulka’s Russell Quant Mystery Series
  2. Péter Balogh
  3. pp. 179-204
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  1. 9. Under/Cover: Strategies of Detection and Evasion in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace
  2. Marilyn Rose
  3. pp. 205-226
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  1. Essays on Television
  2. pp. 227-228
  1. 10. Televising Toronto in the 1960s: Wojeck and the Urban Crime Drama
  2. Sarah A. Matheson
  3. pp. 229-256
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  1. 11. North of Quality? “Quality” Television and the Suburban Crimeworld of Durham County
  2. Lindsay Steenberg and Yvonne Tasker
  3. pp. 257-274
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  1. 12 Mounties and Metaphysics in Canadian Film and Television
  2. Patricia Gruben
  3. pp. 275-296
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-317
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  1. Series Page
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