UPDATE: [20th] Literary Art of Murder (UK) (9/15/07; 4/4/08-4/6/08)

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Malcah Effron
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NEW ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 15 September 2007

The Literary Art of Murder
Newcastle University, U.K.
4-6 April 2008

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Stephen Knight (Cardiff University)
Professor Laura Marcus (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Gill Plain (University of St Andrews)

With the publication of “The Simple Art of Murder” (1944), Raymond Chandler
established rules for the aesthetic evaluation of detective fiction.
Identifying the “mean streets” of the American hard-boiled genre as an
indicator of realism, he deplored the idyllic country-house murder of the
British whodunit. Chandler located the hard-boiled style as distinctively
American, establishing an American basis for the literary merit of the
genre. Taking Chandler’s essay as a theoretical and a chronological
starting point, this conference will explore the literary evolution of the
detective novel internationally since World War Two. We welcome proposals
that consider literary approaches to specific authors, contemporary
theoretical models, social and historical contexts, intertextuality and
other literary influences. We are particularly interested in work that
explores both the historical development of and the critical evaluation of
the genre.

Possible topics include:
• (re) evaluating Chandlerian realism
• the evolution of generic conventions
• detechnobabble: science and technology
• parodies and intertextual references to other detectives
• the detective as anti-hero
• serial detectives/ killers
• race and detection
• location and the importance of place
• filmic and televisual adaptations
• the historical detective novel
• gendering the detective
• theoretical trends and new aesthetic evaluations
• detective fiction in the 21st-century
• murder as a fine art
• the confines of genre

Abstracts between 300-500 words for papers of 20 minutes are invited by
September 15, 2007. The abstract should also include a 50-word biographical
note and AV requests. Please indicate if you wish the abstract to be
considered for inclusion in the post-conference publications. We will send
acceptances by September 30, 2007.

Conference Organisers: Malcah Effron and Maureen Sunderland
Contact Details: detfic08_at_ncl.ac.uk
Abstract Deadline: 15 September 2007

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