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My thesis is a continuation, to some degree, of my MA research into the changing role of the female detective, and will investigate to what extent femininity is portrayed and represented in crime fiction.

My intention would be to investigate to what extent femininity is presented in crime fiction, focusing on not only the detective, but also the victim and perpetrator and discuss why, if at all, there is the presence of an under-representation of strong, feminine characters, regardless of their actual gender and why writers tend to shy away from creating strong, feminine roles.