An edited volume by CRAM member Katharina Hall is now out with the University of Wales Press. Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi is part of the ‘European Crime Fictions’ series and is the first volume in English to offer a comprehensive overview of German-language crime fiction from its origins in the early nineteenth century to the present day.
An open access chapter on the history of the ‘Krimi’ is also available from Swansea University’s Cronfa research repository:
As well as introducing readers to crime fiction from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the former East Germany, Crime Fiction in German expands the notion of a German crime-writing tradition by investigating Nazi crime fiction, Jewish-German crime fiction, Turkish-German crime fiction and the Afrika-Krimi. Other key areas, including the West German social crime novel, women’s crime writing, regional crime fiction, historical crime fiction and the Fernsehkrimi (TV crime drama) are also explored, highlighting the genre’s distinctive features in German-language contexts.
The volume includes a map of German-speaking Europe, a chronology of crime publishing milestones, extracts from primary texts, and an annotated bibliography of print and online sources in English and German.
The contributors are Julia Augart (University of Namibia), Marieke Krajenbrink (University of Limerick), Katharina Hall (Swansea University), Martin Rosenstock (Gulf University, Kuwait), Faye Stewart (Georgia State University), Mary Tannert (editor and translator of Early German and Austrian Detective Fiction)
The open access chapter, ‘Crime Fiction in German: Concepts, Developments and Trends’, provides an overview of the volume and of German-language crime fiction. It forms part of the ‘Mrs. Peabody Investigates’ impact project, which disseminates research about international crime fiction beyond academia, and has been made possible by the generous support of Swansea University.
Please pass on the link to any interested colleagues, students or crime fans!
Dr. Katharina Hall is Associate Professor of German in the Department of Languages at Swansea University and runs the ‘Mrs. Peabody Investigates’ crime fiction blog. Her research focuses on the representation of National Socialism and its legacies in transnational crime fiction.
‘Mrs. Peabody Investigates’ blog: https://mrspeabodyinvestigates.wordpress.com/
Crime Fiction in German: http://www.uwp.co.uk/editions/9781783168170