Feminist crime fiction : an examination of embodied feminist intentions in Denise Mina’s The Field of Blood (2005)

Emanuel, Elizabeth (2013) Feminist crime fiction : an examination of embodied feminist intentions in Denise Mina’s The Field of Blood (2005). eJournalist : a peer reviewed media journal, 13(1), pp. 117-129.

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The writing of award winning tartan noir author, Denise Mina, “crime queen of Glasgow” has been identified with “explicitly feminist politics,” and Mina herself claims, as a feminist, she wants to use crime fiction to present a “narrative about very disempowered people becoming empowered.” This paper explores how Mina’s avowed stance on feminism plays out in her novel, The Field of Blood (2005), and examines whether her concerns are reflected in the embodied actions of her young protagonist, would-be investigative journalist, Paddy Meehan. It asks whether Mina has succeeded in working against entrenched patriarchal codes of crime fiction’s dominant narrative construction or whether her feminist intentions have been undermined by traditional stereotypical conventions of the genre.

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ID Code: 69633
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1444-741X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2014 05:33
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 23:56

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