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The Subversion of the Male Tradition in Crime Fiction: Liane Moriarty’s Little Lies

  • Elena Avanzas Álvarez
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


Avanzas Álvarez offers an analysis of the ways in which Liane Moriarty’s acclaimed best-seller Little Lies subverts traditional, patriarchal, and masculine discourses in crime fiction. Focusing on the three female main characters, the chapter examines the portrayal of specific female and feminist issues in contemporary society: Domestic violence, motherhood, and sexual assault. As well as considering how the main characters resolve these issues, both as individuals and as a community, Avanzas Álvarez also explores how the Bakhtinian project of carnival (Trivia Night) challenges masculine discourses in crime fiction and creates space for diverse female and feminist narratives.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Avanzas Álvarez
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  1. 1.University of OviedoOviedoSpain

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