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The Love That Dare Not Solve Pre-Victorian Crimes
  In recent decades gay and lesbian detectives have emerged as a growing, overt presence in crime fiction. But queer sleuths remain hard to find in historical mystery fiction, especially novels with pre-Victorian settings. Are market considerations or reader expectations a factor? Do authors self-censor themselves from including overt queer detectives in their historical crime narratives? Or is there an inherent conservatism within historical crime fiction? In this paper I will present initial findings from my investigation into the apparent absence of queer sleuths in pre-Victorian settings, and consider why characters solving crimes in the past are so rarely depicted as LGBTQ+.

  • Type:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    05 September 2017

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    PR English literature

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    820 English & Old English literatures

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Bishop, D. (2017, September). The Love That Dare Not Solve Pre-Victorian Crimes. Paper presented at Criminal Heritage: Crime, Fiction, and History


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