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Identity, Otherness, Crime: Detective Fiction and Interethnic Hazards
Identity, Otherness, Crime: Detective Fiction and Interethnic Hazards

Author(s): Caius Dobrescu
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: crime fiction; ethnicity; race; conflict; body; post-communism; Transylvania

Summary/Abstract: The topic of Otherness has been investigated from the point of view of popular culture and popular fiction studies, especially on the basis of the multiracial social environments of the United States. The challenges of addressing real or potential conflicts in areas characterised by an ethnic puzzle are to some extent similar, but at the same time differ substantively from the political, legal, and fictional world of “race.” This paper investigates these differences in the ways of overcoming ethnic stereotyping on the basis of examples taken from post-World War II crime fiction of Southern Europe, and Middle East. In communist and post-communist Eastern Central Europe there are not many instances of mediational crime fiction. The paper will point to the few, though notable exceptions, while hypothesising on the factors that could favor in the foreseeable future the apparition and expansion of such artistic experiments in the multiethnic and multicultural province of Transylvania.

  • Issue Year: 5/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 43-58
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English