A Survey of South African Crime Fiction : Critical Analysis and Publishing History by Sam Naidu & Elizabeth Le Roux
University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 30 September 2017
Soft Cover, 208 pages
Is crime fiction the new `political novel' in South Africa? Why did the apartheid censors disapprove of crime fiction more than any other genre?
Crime fiction continues to be a burgeoning literary category in post-apartheid South Africa, with more new authors, titles and themes emerging every year. This book is the first comprehensive survey of South African crime fiction. It provides an overview of this phenomenally successful literary category, and places it within its wider social and historical context. The authors specialise in both literary studies and print culture, and this combination informs a critical analysis and publishing history of South African crime fiction from the nineteenth century to the present day. The book provides a literary lineage while considering different genres and sub-genres, as well as specific themes such as gender and eco-criticism.
The inclusion of a detailed bibliography of crime fiction since the 1890s makes A Survey of South African Crime Fiction an indispensable teaching and study aid.