Using fiction in historical scholarship

As I work on my history of forensics book project, I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate detective fiction written during my period of study (India, mid-19th century to the mid-20th). This has gotten me interested in how historians use fiction as a type of primary source.

I’ve been asking around. Here is the long list of references that people have shared with me:

For more ideas, see the full Twitter thread here.

Many thanks to Barbara Welke and to many on Twitter, including Siobhan Barco, Mou Banerjee, Debjani Bhattacharyya, Julie Hardwick, Elizabeth Katz, Jessica Lowe, Benjamin Ross, Katherine Schofield, Karen Tani, Eric Toups, and Fadzilah Yahaya.

Image: author’s collection