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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Investigating Arthur Upfield : A Centenary Collection of Critical Essays
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'Arthur Upfield created Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) who features in twenty-nine novels written from the 1920s to the the 1960s, mostly set in the Australian Outback. He was the first Australian professional writer of crime detection novels. Upfield arrived in Australia from England on 4 November 1911, and this collection of twenty-two critical essays by academics and scholars has been published to celebrate the centenary of his arrival. The essays were all written after Upfield’s death in 1964 and provide a wide range of responses to his fiction. The contributors, from Australia, Europe and the United States, include journalist Pamela Ruskin who was Upfield’s agent for fifteen years, anthropologists, literary scholars, pioneers in the academic study of popular culture such as John G. Cawelti and Ray B. Browne, and novelists Tony Hillerman and Mudrooroo whose own works have been inspired by Upfield’s. The collection sheds light on the extent and nature of critical responses to Upfield over time, demonstrates the type of recognition he has received and highlights the way in which different preoccupations and critical trends have dealt with his work. The essays provide the basis for an assessment of Upfield’s place not only in the international annals of crime fiction but also in the literary and cultural history of Australia' (Publisher website sighted 15/12/2011).


* Contents derived from the Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Cambridge Scholars Press , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Investigating Arthur Upfield : Introduction, Carol Hetherington , single work criticism (p. xiii-xvii)
Arthur Upfield : An Epitaph, Pamela Ruskin , single work obituary (p. 1-6)
Murder in the Outback : Arthur W. Upfield, John G. Cawelti , single work criticism (p. 14-18)
Bony : A White Man's Half-Caste Hero, Basil Sansom , single work criticism
Summary of the Presidential Address to the Annual General Meeting of the Anthropological Society of Western Australia on 14 July 1980.
(p. 19-27)
Upfield: The Man Who Started It, Tony Hillerman , single work criticism
American author Hillerman describes the influence Upfield has had on his own detective fiction.
(p. 28-29)
The Frontier Heroism of Arthur W. Upfield, Ray B. Browne , single work criticism (p. 30-45)
Mystery Literature and Ethnography : Fictional Detectives as Anthropologists, James C. Pierson , single work criticism (p. 46-60)
Australian Tales of Mystery and Miscegenation, Tamsin Donaldson , single work criticism (p. 61-74)
Whodunit? And Where? Crime Fiction Down Under, Margaret Lewis , single work criticism (p. 75-81)
Home on the Range, Mudrooroo , single work short story crime (p. 82-91)
Filling 'Terra Nullius': Bony in the Deathspace, Kay Torney Souter , single work criticism (p. 92-99)
Detective as Outsider—Outsider as Detective: Napoleon Bonaparte, Murray S. Martin , single work criticism (p. 100-105)
Bony as Grotesque : Arthur Upfield's Bony Series 1930-1950, Glen Ross , single work criticism (p. 106-135)
Pulp Fiction: Popular Culture and Literary Reputation, Richard Nile , single work criticism biography (p. 136-147)
"The Fleeting Moment, and the Ageless Past"-- Nostalgia in Arthur Upfield's Detective Fiction, Ada Coe , single work criticism (p. 148-158)
Upfield's Napoleon Bonaparte : Post-Colonial Detective Prototype as Cultural Mediator, Marilyn Rye , single work criticism (p. 159-175)
Uncovering Collective Crimes : Sally Morgan's 'My Place' as Australian Indigenous Detective Narrative, Russell West-Pavlov , single work criticism (p. 176-194)
Inspecting Women: Arthur W. Upfield and Napoleon Bonaparte, Winona Howe , single work criticism
Howe examines Upfield's relationships with women and looks also at the portrayal of women in his Bony novels. She concludes that 'Both Upfield and his fictional detective are continually caught in predicaments they find confusing' and contends that the two respond as they do partly 'because they are both outsiders'.
(p. 195-201)
The Genesis of Bony, Travis B. Lindsey , single work criticism (p. 202-209)
'In Their Different Ways, Classics' : Arthur W. Upfield's Detective Fiction, Carol Hetherington , single work criticism (p. 210-221)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Cambridge Scholars Press ,
      2012 .
      person or book cover
      Copyright Kees de Hoog
      Extent: xvii, 278p.p.
      Description: illus.
      • Preface by Kees de Hoog.
      • Also includes a list of published works by Arthur Upfield, pp.261-262; a list of alternative titles for Upfield novels, p.263; and a select bibliography of critical works, pp.264-272.
      ISBN: 9781443834521, 1443834520

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