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.
detective narratives. Critics have ignored the complex ways tattoos offer insights into reading place, gender, animal ethics, law, violence, trauma, art, race and narrative. By responding to the sheer diversity of critical approaches that focus on the body and narrative, including, but not limited to, posthumanism, spatiality, post-colonialism, embodiment and gender studies, culminating in interdisciplinary skinstudies (Ahmed and Stacey 2001 ), we show how the tattoo speaks. It is a complex story.
WHAT IS A TATTOO