European crime fiction: The novels of Fred Vargas and Andrea Camilleri

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/311967
Title:
European crime fiction: The novels of Fred Vargas and Andrea Camilleri
Authors:
West, Sue
Abstract:
This dissertation considers the crime fiction of French writer, Fred Vargas and Italian writer, Andrea Camilleri. It places them in the context of the current growing popularity of crime fiction as a literary genre and their place in the literary history of their respective countries; in France, the Roman Noir and in Italy, the Gailla. It discusses in particular the key elements in their crime fiction which differentiates it from other contemporary European crime writers, particularly from Scandinavia. The use of myth, legend and fairy tales, a unique feature in the novels of Fred Vargas is discussed in detail, as is the use of the natural environment as a metaphor in storytelling. Likewise, the role of place and local culture, crucially important in the novels of Andrea Camilleri which are based exclusively in Sicily in a fictionalised version of his home town, is also discussed in detail. In this context, the role of the local Mafia is referenced. The development of character plays a key role in the work of both writers who create convincing alternative protagonists in Vargas’s intuitive, ‘cloud-shovelling’ Jean- Batiste Adamsberg and Camilleri’s gourmet Salvo Montalbano with his ‘weather vane’ temper. In this context, character development of their respective colleagues is discussed. The use of the crime fiction genre as a metaphor for political comment and challenge is clearly identified in the novels of Camilleri, echoing the legendary Leonardo Sciascia. Vargas presents moral concerns around family and other relationships, through the messages implicit in the story telling tradition of fairy tales, myth and legend.
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Nov-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/311967
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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dc.contributor.authorWest, Sueen
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-28T13:00:25Z-
dc.date.available2014-01-28T13:00:25Z-
dc.date.issued2013-11-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/311967-
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation considers the crime fiction of French writer, Fred Vargas and Italian writer, Andrea Camilleri. It places them in the context of the current growing popularity of crime fiction as a literary genre and their place in the literary history of their respective countries; in France, the Roman Noir and in Italy, the Gailla. It discusses in particular the key elements in their crime fiction which differentiates it from other contemporary European crime writers, particularly from Scandinavia. The use of myth, legend and fairy tales, a unique feature in the novels of Fred Vargas is discussed in detail, as is the use of the natural environment as a metaphor in storytelling. Likewise, the role of place and local culture, crucially important in the novels of Andrea Camilleri which are based exclusively in Sicily in a fictionalised version of his home town, is also discussed in detail. In this context, the role of the local Mafia is referenced. The development of character plays a key role in the work of both writers who create convincing alternative protagonists in Vargas’s intuitive, ‘cloud-shovelling’ Jean- Batiste Adamsberg and Camilleri’s gourmet Salvo Montalbano with his ‘weather vane’ temper. In this context, character development of their respective colleagues is discussed. The use of the crime fiction genre as a metaphor for political comment and challenge is clearly identified in the novels of Camilleri, echoing the legendary Leonardo Sciascia. Vargas presents moral concerns around family and other relationships, through the messages implicit in the story telling tradition of fairy tales, myth and legend.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectcrime fictionen
dc.subjectFred Vargasen
dc.subjectAndrea Camillerien
dc.subjectmythen
dc.subjectlegenden
dc.titleEuropean crime fiction: The novels of Fred Vargas and Andrea Camillerien
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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