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Title: Bloody women : a critical-creative examination of how female protagonists have transformed contemporary Scottish and Nordic crime fiction
Author: Hill, Lorna
ISNI:       0000 0004 7226 9279
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2017
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This study will explore the role of female authors and their female protagonists in contemporary Scottish and Nordic crime fiction. Authors including Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Lin Anderson and Liza Marklund are just a few of the women who have challenged the expectation of gender in the crime fiction genre. By setting their novels in contemporary society, they reflect a range of social and political issues through the lens of a female protagonist. By closely examining the female characters, all journalists, in Val McDermid’s Lindsay Gordon series; Denise Mina’s Paddy Meehan series; Anna Smith’s books about Rosie Gilmour; and Liza Marklund’s books about Annika Bengzton, I explore the issue of gender through these writers’ perspectives and also draw parallels between their societies. I document the influence of these writers on my own practice-based research, a novel, The Invisible Chains, set in post-Referendum Scotland. The thesis will examine and define the role of the female protagonist, offer a feminist reading of contemporary crime fiction, and investigate how the rise of human trafficking, the problem of domestic abuse in Scotland and society’s changing attitudes and values are reflected in contemporary crime novels, before discussing the narrative structures and techniques employed in the writing of The Invisible Chains. This novel allows us to consider the role of women in a contemporary and progressive society where women hold many senior positions in public life and examine whether they manage successfully to challenge traditional patriarchal hierarchies. The narrative is split between journalist Megan Ross, The Girl, a victim of human trafficking, and Trudy, who is being domestically abused, thus pulling together the themes of the critical genesis in the creative work. By focusing on the protagonist, the victims and raising awareness of human trafficking and domestic abuse, The Invisible Chains, an original creative work, reflects a contemporary society’s changing attitudes, problems and values.
Supervisor: Bell, Liam ; Squires, Claire Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: women ; crime fiction ; female protagonists ; Scottish ; Scandinavian ; Val McDermid ; Denise Mina ; Lin Anderson ; Anna Smith ; Liza Marklund ; domestic abuse ; human trafficking ; gender ; feminism ; Detective and mystery stories--Women authors ; Women authors ; Scottish ; Women authors ; Swedish ; Women in literature--20th century ; McDermid ; Val--History and criticism ; Mina ; Denise--History and criticism ; Anderson ; Lin--History and criticism ; Smith ; Anna--History and criticism ; Marklund ; Liza--History and criticism