Day: April 7, 2015

Illustrations of Vigilantes Thrillers


Edgar Wallace’s  thrillers are true international bestsellers. First published in The Strand Magazine, in 1921, then as a book, the same year,  by  Hodder & Stoughton,  The Law of the Four Just Men is the fourth novel in this Edwardian Crime series, started in  1905, and dedicated to the adventures of  Edgar Wallace’s international cast of eccentric, youngish, killing vigilantes, the “Four Just Men”. It  was hugely popular and went on  to become a bestseller in America (Doubleday, Doran, Crime Club). The stories were illustrated, for the Strand Magazine by Belgian visual artist Emile Antoine Verpilleux (1888-1964). Among others, the artist also illustrated a short story by Conan Doyle for the same publication (1922) Continue reading

CFP:Postcolonial and Transnational Crime Fiction


Call for Papers

The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (published by Routledge from 2016)

Special Issue – Postcolonial and Transnational Crime Fiction

Since the nineteenth century crime fiction has provided a space for authors to comment on colonial relations, the iniquities of colonialism, and the aberrations of colonial systems of law enforcement and justice.  The complex legacy of colonialism in contemporary times continues to be explored in transnational crime fiction.  This special issue aims to showcase the latest scholarship on postcolonial and transnational crime fiction in which the following questions are raised and answered:

  • How has the genre of crime fiction, and its many sub-genres, been adapted, transformed, re-imagined and subverted by postcolonial and transnational crime fiction texts?
  • How does postcolonial and transnational crime fiction investigate colonial and neo-colonial power dynamics, structures of authority, notions of justice and law enforcement?
  • What specific cultural and socio-political contexts are examined in…

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