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“Dead cities, crows, the rain and their ripper, the Yorkshire ripper”: The red riding novels (1974, 1977, 1980, 1983) of David Peace as Lieux d’horreur

King, MS and Cummins, ID 2013, '“Dead cities, crows, the rain and their ripper, the Yorkshire ripper”: The red riding novels (1974, 1977, 1980, 1983) of David Peace as Lieux d’horreur' , International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 6 (3) , pp. 43-56.

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Abstract

This article explores the role and importance of place in the Red Riding novels of David Peace. Drawing on Nora’s (1989) concept of Lieux de mémoire and Rejinders’ (2010) development of this work in relation to the imaginary world of the TV detective and engaging with a body of literature on the city, it examines the way in which the bleak Yorkshire countryside and the city of Leeds in the North of England, in particular, is central to the narrative of Peace’s work and the locations described are reflective of the violence, corruption and immorality at work in the storylines. While Nora (1984) and Rejinders (2010) describe places as sites of memory negotiated through the remorse of horrific events, the authors agree that Peace’s work can be read as describing L’ieux d’horreur; a recalling of past events with the violence and horror left in.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory
Publisher: York University
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1916-2782
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: ID Cummins
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:43
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29346

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