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.
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 marking and remarking – 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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