"Telling Truths: Crime Fiction and National Allegory"
Conference convened by Professor Ian Buchanan,
Professor Catherine Cole and Professor Sue Turnbull
December 6-8 2012, University of Wollongong (Australia)
Keynote Speaker: Fredric Jameson (Duke University)
When Peter Temple's Truth won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2010 it was taken as a sign of a long overdue recognition of the fact that today there is no qualitative distinction between genre fiction and so-called literary fiction. Crime writers are every bit the equal (in terms of style and substance) of their less generically bound contemporaries and these days many literary writers turn to crime fiction to frame their works.