Re: RARA-AVIS: Popular literature

From: Jess Nevins (
Date: 22 Sep 2007

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>From: "E. Borgers" <>
>A few words to present a dictionary that was published in September in France, dealing with all the aspects of French popular lit. and genre lit., including of course detection novels, crime novels, some modern noir…etc
> Being a dictionary, it is more designed as a well documented introduction given under each of the 500 entries, than an encyclopaedic approach. It's definitely not exhaustive, but remains very interesting by its broad spectrum of subjects. Under others, good leads to the roots of crime novel and noir through the French "feuilletonists", or the very fist signs of detection and police work in novels during the early 19th century…
> Editor : Daniel Compère - Publisher : Nouveau Monde Editions
> (I took part to it, *very* modestly, concerning certain aspects of contemporary French noir)

I can second this. I've seen a number of the entries and they're very well done. It's quite the most comprehensive thing on the subject yet done, and for anyone interested in French crime and noir fiction (a field grossly underappreciated in Anglophone countries) it is essential reading.


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