The Larger Picture
Marilyn Rose and Jeannette Sloniowski have constructed the CrimeFictionCanada web site as a unique scholarly resource for the style of Crime, Mystery and Detective Fiction. The assumption on which this extensive research project is based is that “crime, mystery and detection,” in its manifold forms, has considerable social and cultural significance when examined through the conventions and protocols of both modern thought and postmodern theoretical perspectives.
The project began at Brock University in 2002, with the acquisition by Brock University of the Skene-Melvin collection of Crime, Mystery and Detection, which was donated to the James Gibson Library at Brock University by life-long collector of this genre, David Skene-Melvin. Brock’s library continues to add to its collection and welcomes donations that will serve to “fill the gaps” in the body of materials Mr. Skene-Melvin amassed over his many years of bibliographic work in this field. The James Gibson Library’s Collection policy is appended below.
The CrimeFictionCanada website and its ongoing development and maintenance represent the establishment of a bibliographic tool that is essential to the study of this particular genre. We have assembled a comprehensive list of Canadian detective fiction, primary sources. We have surveyed the burgeoning field of Theses and Dissertations on Crime, Mystery and Detective fiction in its various forms. We have attempted to include all secondary sources related to the genre as it has been produced in English since the 19 th century. We assembled a list of “literary detection” – fictions wherein the use of detective fiction conventions (whether “straight” or ironically) are to be found in the work of mainstream writers not primarily associated with this genre. Our burgeoning list of general criticism related to crime, mystery and detection in television and film is unique in its comprehensiveness and reach.
Most recently, we have welcomed Philippa Gates of Wilfred Laurier University to our site. Beginning in 2005-6, Philippa and her graduate students at Laurier will develop primary lists reflecting Crime, Mystery and Detective Film and Crime, Mysery andDetective Television. These lists of primary sources will complement our own lists of criticism and secondary sources in this area.
Apart from the ongoing development of on-line webliographies for the use of scholars and afficionados of this genre around the world, our intention is to produce articles and book-length projects on Canadian crime fiction – on crime fiction writers and interpreters, on the Canadian detective fiction "canon," on Canada's crime fiction publishers and on critics and fans of this genre in this country. We will also host conferences dedicated to the study of Crime, Mystery and Detection, with the aim of sharing scholarly ideas with respect to this genre, its forms and function, its material conditions of production and the patterns of consumption which mark it as the pre-eminent popular genre in our times.
CRIME, DETECTIVE, MYSTERY, AND WESTERN FICTION COLLECTION POLICY
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Prepared by Phyllis Wright