Tattoos in crime and detective narratives: Marking and remarking examines
representations of the tattoo and tattooing in literature, television and film,
from two periods of tattoo renaissance (1851–1914, and around 1955 to the
present). The collection reads tattoos and associated scarification, such as
branding, as mimetic devices that mark and remark crime and detective narratives
in complex ways. The chapters utilise a variety of critical perspectives drawn
from posthumanism, spatiality, postcolonialism, embodiment and gender studies to
read the tattoo as individual and community bodily narratives. The collection
develops its focus from the first tattoo renaissance and considers the rebirth
of the tattoo in contemporary culture through literature, children's
literature, film and television. This book has a broad appeal and will be of
interest to all literature and media scholars and, in particular, those with an
interest in crime and detective narratives and skin studies.
Sentient ink, curatorship and writing the new weird in China Miéville’s
Kraken: An anatomy
novel Kraken: An anatomy ( 2010 ) through both form and content (Miéville 2009 ). 2 In Kraken , by recombining the twin foundations of modern detective and weird fiction, 3 Miéville ‘was deliberately writing something big and monstery’ (Miéville qtd Socialist worker 2010 : n.p.). Through markingandremarking – metaphors of ink, tattooing and detection – writing the new weird is aligned to the process of tattooing. I argue this remarking process exposes the depth of the weird beyond the narrative of the modern and new weird that Miéville theorises. While
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