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Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica

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Identity, Otherness, Crime: Detective Fiction and Interethnic Hazards

Caius Dobrescu
Published Online: 2014-05-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ausp-2014-0004


The topic of Otherness has been investigated from the point of view of popular culture and popular fiction studies, especially on the basis of the multiracial social environments of the United States. The challenges of addressing real or potential conflicts in areas characterised by an ethnic puzzle are to some extent similar, but at the same time differ substantively from the political, legal, and fictional world of “race.” This paper investigates these differences in the ways of overcoming ethnic stereotyping on the basis of examples taken from post-World War II crime fiction of Southern Europe, and Middle East. In communist and post-communist Eastern Central Europe there are not many instances of mediational crime fiction. This paper will point to the few, although notable exceptions, while hypothesizing on the factors that could favor in the foreseeable future the emergence and expansion of such artistic experiments in the multiethnic and multicultural province of Transylvania.

Keywords: crime fiction; ethnicity; race; conflict; body; post-communism; Transylvania


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Published Online: 2014-05-30

Published in Print: 2013-07-01

Citation Information: Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 43–58, ISSN (Online) 2391-8179, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ausp-2014-0004.

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