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Title: The drop room; a novel and writing on the body; contemporary female crime writers in the transition, accompanying critical document
Author: Powell, Josephine
ISNI:       0000 0001 3497 8398
Awarding Body: University of Lancaster
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis consists of two parts, each separate but linked by common themes and influences. The main part of the project is The Drop Room, a contemporary crime novel, which explores the manner in which fictions and narratives shape lives and govern behaviour and how they connect with the body - a theme that crosses over into the discourse of women crime writers and the relationship of their work with the body. The choice of a female pairing of investigators addresses a lacuna in the genre, while the emphasis on the personal in the lives of the women protagonists follows a strong trend in contemporary women's crime fiction. The background to the antagonist's misogyny is explored, partly by first person narrative which allows a narrowing of the gap between writer and reader. As a hybrid of the sub-genres of psychological thriller, serial-killer narrative and female PI novels The Drop Room explores the concept of the monstrous as abject and its causation as well as its effect.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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