By Bran Nicol, Eugene McNulty, Patricia Pulham
A set of unique essays drawing on crime fiction and picture to discover the results of ways we elect to symbolize crime to ourselves.
"This interesting number of essays discusses a large choice of matters - together with movie noir, violence and gender, crime fictions, the hit guy, and actual crime - less than the heading of 'crime culture,' an idea that's either unique and thought-provoking. This state of the art quantity is vital interpreting for someone drawn to crime narratives.
About the Author
Eugene McNulty is Lecturer in English at St Patrick's collage (Dublin urban University), eire. His guides contain Ulster Literary Theatre and the Northern Revival (Cork college Press, 2008). Patricia Pulham is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature on the collage of Portsmouth, united kingdom. She is writer of paintings and the Transitional item in Vernon Lee's Supernatural stories (Ashgate, 2006), and co-editor of reports by way of Lee, Hauntings and different marvelous stories (Broadview, 2006) and of Vernon Lee: Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetics (Palgrave, 2006). Bran Nicol is Reader in smooth and modern Literature on the collage of Portsmouth, united kingdom. His books comprise Stalking (Reaktion, 2006), Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction (2e, Palgrave, 2004) and The Cambridge advent to Postmodern Fiction
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Extra resources for Crime Culture: Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film (Continuum Literary Studies)
In this novel about artificial, forged and self-reliant worlds – with all its train and air and postal schedules; all its little regimes of body and message transport and assessment – from readouts of blood counts to the feedback of news reports on the murders (command and control via communication); all its maps and ‘paper places’ and art shops and frame stores – italicizations of the cultural techniques of the media (its necessary self-framing of what it maps and frames); all its ‘endless corridors’ administered by ‘omniscient specialists’ in life and death management – the little life Playing Dead: Crime as a Social System 25 support systems of an indoor social life; and, in sum, all its observations on these modes of observing and reflection – given all this, here then is the description of Gauthier, ‘the art supply man’ with an artificial eye, and what his way of seeing looks like: Gauthier’s shiny glass eye did not laugh but looked out from his head with a bold stare, as if there were a different brain from Gauthier’s behind that eye, a computer kind of brain that at once could know everything, if someone just set the programming.
Figuring out what to do next. If he had an idea and he had a scrap of paper in his pocket, he would write that idea on the scrap, and then, when we had a meeting, he would pull out seven or eight pieces of paper. Once he and I were in the jungle a few yards from a river, and he wanted to reconnoiter over certain areas, but he couldn’t get the view he anted . . Damned if he didn’t take off his shoes, dive into the river, swim out to the middle, and tread water so he could see. (2005, p. 100) There is something of a resemblance between this double-entry system of observation and act, seeing and recording, and Gauthier’s computer eye.
Ballard multiplies strategies to this effect. Perhaps the most familiar is the deployment of perversity to encourage a new conceptual logic of transgression that ruptures with artistic and legal norms. If, in classical modernism, sexuality, and especially perverse sexuality, could figure what Alain Badiou calls ‘the passion for the real ’ (2007, p. 32; original emphasis), now, in post-sexual liberation, it loses that function. Ballard’s answer is that this liberation of sexuality into the conceptual is not something to be regretted, say in the name of a return to a ‘natural’ sexuality, but something to be taken further: ‘Now that sex is becoming more and more a conceptual act, an intellectualization divorced from affect and physiology alike, one has to bear in mind the positive merits of the sexual perversions’ (1985a, p.
Crime Culture: Figuring Criminality in Fiction and Film (Continuum Literary Studies) by Bran Nicol, Eugene McNulty, Patricia Pulham