Issue 36-37_Glocal Detectives. Cultural Diversity in European TV Crime Dramas

Edited by Luca Barra, Alice Jacquelin and Federico Pagello

This special issue presents some of the results of the research carried out by a large international consortium in the frame of the Horizon 2020 project DETECt – Detecting Transcultural Identity in Contemporary Popular Crime Narratives, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The project examines the crime genre as a major vehicle for the circulation of popular narratives across the Old Continent, facilitating the emergence of transnational networks in all fields of the European creative industries as well as continuous cultural exchange among European citizens.

The special issue focuses in particular on television crime series, with a contemporary approach, investigating both globalizing forces and localizing counterbalances. Through the analysis of specific countries, relevant case histories, and circulation paths, the ability of this genre to promote cultural diversity both behind and on the screen will be highlighted. The essays are intended to explore contemporary European crime dramas from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, with a systemic approach able to take into consideration issues of production, distribution, representation and reception. Contributions will put into the spotlight the relevance of locations in both the production and the representation strategies in different parts of the continent. Articles will also examine the interactions between the film and television industries through crime in the context of Eastern Europe, showing the key role played by an international premium broadcaster such as HBO. The issue will also investigate the process of importing and adapting foreign crime contents for a different market, looking at France and Italy as destination countries.