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Module Reading List

Crime Fiction Stylistics: Crossing Languages, Cultures, Media, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Christiana Gregoriou
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Texts for purchase

Haddon, M. 2003. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. London: Vintage.

Lindsay, Jeff. 2004. Darkly dreaming Dexter ISBN: 0752865749 (pbk.) : £3.99. London: Orion.

Robinson, P. 1987. Gallows view ISBN: 9781509857036 (pbk.) : £8.99. London: Macmillan.

Shriver, L. 2003. We Need to Talk About Kevin. London: Serpent’s Tail.

Books to access online for free via the library website, both on- and off-campus

Gregoriou, C. 2007. Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Gregoriou, C. 2017. Crime Fiction Migration: Crossing Languages, Cultures and Media. London: Bloomsbury.

Stephens, S. 2012. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. London: Methuen Drama.

Preparatory Reading (not for purchase)

Bertens, H. and T. D’haen. 2001. Contemporary American crime fiction. New York: Palgrave.

Effron, M. (ed.) 2011. The millennial detective : essays on trends in crime fiction, film and television, 1990-2010 . Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland.

Gregoriou, C. 2011. Language, ideology and identity in serial killer narratives . London: Routledge.

Horsley, L. 2005. Twentieth-century crime fiction . New York: Oxford University Press.

Messent, P. (ed.) 1997. Criminal proceedings : the contemporary American crime novel, London: Pluto Press.

Scaggs, J. 2005. Crime fiction . London: Routledge.

Worthington, H. 2010. Key concepts in crime fiction. Palgrave: Macmillan.

Other Reading (not for purchase)

Alexander, M. 2008. The Lobster and the maid: Scenario-dependence and reader manipulation in Agatha Christie. Online Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA).  []

Alexander, M. 2009. Rhetorical Structure and Reader Manipulation in Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies 39. [online version available at]

Allan, J. Gulddal, J., King, S and Pepper, A (eds). 2020. Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. London: Routledge. 

Baetens, J. 2005. Novelization, a Contaminated Genre?, Critical inquiry. ISSN: 0093-1896 32 (1), pp. 43-60.  

Baetens, J. 2007. From Screen to Text: Novelisation, the Hidden Continen’, in Cartmell, D. and Whelehan, I. (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 226-38.

Culpeper, J. 2001. Language and characterisation in plays and texts : people in plays and other texts ISBN: 0582357535 (pbk). Harlow: Longman.

Emmott, C. 1997. Narrative Comprehension: A Discourse Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Emmott, C and M. Alexander. 2010. Detective Fiction, Plot Construction, and Reader Manipulation: Rhetorical Control and Cognitive Misdirection in Agatha Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide. In D. McIntyre and B. Busse (eds.) Language and style : in honour of Mick Short ISBN: 9780230231573 (pbk.) : £25.00; 9780230231566 (hbk.) : £65.00; 023023156X (hbk.) : £65.00; 0230231578 (pbk.) : £25.00. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan. pp.328-46. [in VLE online Readings Folder]

Emmott, C, A. Sanford and M. Alexander. 2010. Scenarios, Characters’ Roles and Plot Status: Readers’ Assumptions and Writers’ Manipulations of Assumptions in Narrative Texts. In J. Eder, F. Jannidis and R. Schneider (eds.) Characters in fictional worlds : understanding imaginary beings in literature, film, and other media ISBN: 9783110232417 (acid-free paper). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 377-99.  

Emmott, C. and Alexander, M. 2014. Foregrounding, burying and plot construction. in Stockwell, S. and Whiteley, S. The Cambridge handbook of stylistics ISBN: 9781107028876 (hbk.) : £95.00. Cambridge: CUP. pp. 329-43.  

Gavins, J. and Steen, G. (eds) 2003. Cognitive poetics in practice ISBN: 041527799x (pbk.) : £16.99; 0415277981. London: Routledge.

Genette, G. [1972] 1980. Narrative discourse : an essay in method ISBN: 0801492599 (pbk); 0631109811. Ithaca: Cornell UP.

Gibbs, R.W. 1994. The poetics of mind : figurative thought, language, and understanding ISBN: 0521429927; 0521419654. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grammenides, S. P. 2012, Practical trends and theoretical issues in mediating Greek culture to English, available at <> [last accessed December 2021].

Gregoriou, C. 2009. English literary stylistics ISBN: 9780230525412. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Gregoriou, C. 2011a. The Poetics of Deviance in ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. In M. Effron (ed.). The millennial detective : essays on trends in crime fiction, film and television, 1990-2010 ISBN: 9780786458516 (softcover : alk. paper); 0786458518 (softcover : alk. paper). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. pp. 97-111.

Gregoriou, C. 2011b. Language, ideology and identity in serial killer narratives ISBN: 9780415872294 (hbk.) : £80.00; 0415872294 (hbk.) : £80.00. London: Routledge.

Gregoriou, C. 2012. Times like these, I wish there was a real Dexter, in Language and literature. ISSN: 0963-9470 ‘Investigating Contemporary Crime Writing’ special edition 21(3): 274-85.

Gregoriou, C. 2020. Rewriting Misdirection: A Stylistic Approach to Crime Fiction Writing, in M. Lambrou (ed.) Narrative Retellings: Stylistic Approaches. Bloomsbury. pp. 93-110. 

Hutcheon, L. 2006. A theory of adaptation ISBN: 0415967953 (pbk.) : £13.99; 9780415967945 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0415967945 (hbk.) : £55.00; 9780415967952 (pbk.) : £13.99London: Routledge.

Lakoff, G. and Johnson, M. 1980. Metaphors we live by ISBN: 0226468011 (pbk); 0226468003. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Seago, K. 2014a. Introduction and overview: crime (fiction) in translation (special issue, July). Journal of Specialised Translation ISSN: 1740-357X, available at <> [last accessed December 2021].

Seago, K. 2014b. Red herrings and other misdirection in translation, in Cadera, S. and Pintarić, A. P. (eds) The voices of suspense and their translation in thriller ISBN: 9789401210690 (e-book). Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 207-20, available at <>, last accessed December 2021.

Simpson, P. 1993. Language, Ideology and Point of View. London Routledge.

Simpson, P. 2004. Stylistics: A resource book for students. London: Routledge.

Stockwell, P. 2002. Cognitive poetics : an introduction ISBN: 0415258952 (pbk.) : £15.99. London: Routledge.

This list was last updated on 13/12/2021