Aurora Teagarden, the Cozy and the Southern Gothic

Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: (2021) Aurora Teagarden, the Cozy and the Southern Gothic. In: Reading the Cozy Mystery: Critical Essays on an Underappreciated Subgenre. McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, United States, pp. 156-168. ISBN 978-1-4766-7727-9


This chapter considers the extent to which the Aurora Teagarden novels and their Hallmark adaptations (2015-present) commit to such reassurance and stability through two main arguments. First, I suggest that rather than upholding the genre, the Aurora Teagarden book series seeks to destabilize the veracity of the cozy: that is, the very possibility of the genre as in any way associated with something like ‘real life’ by increasingly permitting the intrusion of the violence and darkness of the Gothic as the series progresses. Despite its efforts, the cozy cannot keep these invasions out: the Gothic asserts its primacy over the tamer genre. By associating violent crime with the leisure activity of the ‘Real Murders Club’, as well as with librarian Aurora’s love of crime fiction, the novels show how we attempt to put those disruptions at a distance, making them safe by their association with story.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2021 00:24
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2022 03:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: the cozy, mystery, crime fiction, Aurora Teagarden, Charlaine Harris, adaptation
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200506 North American Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470527 Popular and genre literature
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470214 Screen and media culture
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470514 Literary theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130203 Literature

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