The Professional versus the Amateur A Case Study on Spanish Female Detectives and Their Role in the Masculine and <i>Machista</i> Organizations on the Examples of Selected Texts


In the present work, I wish to concentrate on two examples of detective fiction in Spain, that is on Arturo Pérez Reverte’s The Flanders Panel and Alicia Giménez Bartlett’s Serpientes en el paraíso. Both novels are centred on a character of a female detective. After a closer look, we can see that both detectives have found themselves in a similar situation. Julia, the amateur, and Petra, the professional, exist and work in a typically masculine world of detectives and police officers, struggling with the gender issues and roles. By analysing their situations, I wish to present a case study of two female detectives and their reactions, responses and attitudes towards the masculine world of sleuths, thus providing a complete picture of both protagonists.

Key words: female detective fiction, machismo, Arturo Pérez Reverte, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Petra Delicado.

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Agata Tęcza
University of Silesia 
Agata Tęcza is a graduate in Spanish Language and English Philology at the University of Silesia in Katowice. In 2010 she began her PhD studies as a doctoral student in literary theory at the same university. In her research she focuses mainly on the narration and its issues in postmodern novels, the phenomenon of intertextuality, hypertext and ekphrasis in contemporary literature as
well as new tendencies in children and young adult fiction. She researches cultural and literary aspects that are common for English- and Spanish-speaking countries. In addition, she works on the problem of untranslatability and translation of cultural elements, puns and word plays.