“Slavic crime fiction”? – on the trail of a new sub-genre of Slavic fantasy Cover Image

„Słowiański kryminał”? – na tropie nowego podgatunku slavic fantasy
“Slavic crime fiction”? – on the trail of a new sub-genre of Slavic fantasy

Author(s): Aleksandra Ewelina Mikinka
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Slavic fantasy; retelling; Slavic crime fiction; Slavic mythology; fantasy

Summary/Abstract: Contemporary authors have decided to combine the two most popular genres of the 20th and 21st centuries – crime fiction and fantasy – in one novel (or a novel series). The tendency for such experimentation became stronger after the year 2000 as part of postmodern games and having fun with texts as well as on the author-reader axis. As a result of following transformations taking place over the last decades, both fantasy and crime fiction have moved successfully closer towards genre syncretism, taking advantage of mutual intertextual references, permeating their motives, themes, and threads. In the article, we try to answer the question of what are the points of contact between these two seemingly distant literary genres. We analyze two works, assigned to a completely new sub-genre: Slavic crime fiction. What makes them "Slavic"? Why is this sub-genre becoming more and more popular?

  • Issue Year: 66/2023
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 383-401
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish