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 skin studies (Ahmed and Stacey 2001 ), we show how the tattoo speaks. It is a complex story. WHAT IS A TATTOO