Women Detectives Analysis

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4. Summary on “Women Detectives” by Maureen T. Reddy Introduction In this chapter, Maureen T. Reddy analyzes the development of crime fiction in the aspect of the rise of female novelists and women detectives in crime fiction through enumerating various writers with their magnum opus. Therefore, the origin of female detectives and the changes of feminist crime fiction will be summarized in this passage. Summary In the first part of this chapter, the author illustrates that female novelists and women detectives of crime fiction can be found in gothic and sensation fiction during the Golden Age (Reddy 191). On the one hand, Ann Radcliffe portrays an innocent and victimized female protagonist, who, however, serves like a detective, in…show more content…
In terms of writing ideology, Marcia Muller advocated extending the boundaries of the genre; the impact of Thatcherism and Reaganism endowed women with individualized power and control; female writers begun to depict how women detectives alleviate their solitariness in the novels (Reddy 197). Moreover, the plot of feminist crime fiction was expanded, which means that specific crime investigation was connected to a larger social problem involved with women’s oppression in the society (Reddy 198). What is worth mentioning is that the author also points out the changes in the theme of violence and resistance in feminist crime fiction. More specifically, using violence has become optional for female detectives, and they often employ violence for defense (Reddy 198-99). And female detectives (for instance, Anna in Liza Cody’s Bad Company, 1982) not only resist against violence and patriarchal control but also fight back against the social containment and gender limitation (Reddy…show more content…
For one thing, with the success of Katherine V. Forrest’s Kate Delafield series, lesbian detectives were characterized by an established lesbian identity, amateurs as detectives and emphasizing the significance of female relationships, and consequently, such genre of crime fiction was recognized by the society (Reddy 200-01). For the other thing, from the 1990s (Reddy 201), female writers and women detectives of color appeared on the stage of the feminist crime fiction. It is demonstrated by the author that these black female writers made giant effects on this genre, especially in the aspect of changing the traditions made by white feminist writers, such as including racial and class issues (Reddy 202). Hitherto, colored female writers have presented their characteristics of depicting “black female consciousness”, introducing “the intersections of race and gender”, having “interest in colourism”, and so forth (Reddy

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