Satiric Crime Fiction Panel (October 7-9, 2010 Baton Rouge, LA)

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Foreign Language Film Conference

The Foreign Language Film Conference (see former post on the conference: focuses its attention this year on genre, and this panel subsequently turns to a hybrid genre of the postmodern period: the satiric noir. While it has no official name (we could call it obscurité humour, humour noir, noir comedy etc.), the genre certainly exists. In films such as Akira Kurosawa's Tengoku to Jigoku (High and Low), Anders Thomas Jensen's Adams Æbler (Adam's Apples) and De Grønne Slagtere (The Green Butchers), and Louis Malle's Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows), the crime film has been transformed beyond its previous conventions with a comic and satiric bent. We invite abstracts and papers on national cinematic approaches to satiric noir in the postmodern period (~1960 to the present) examining how crime genres (from the film noir tradition and elsewhere) use their rules and conventions to offer a comic but critical approach to an apparently familiar topic. How do iterations (and reiterations) by foreign directors influence the humor or satire of a national cinema? How are the conventions of crime film critiqued across national borders or time divides? How does the conflation of the conventions of satire/parody and crime film work to subvert the crime film genre? Do these two genres truly make for a strange pairing of bedfellows, or is there an internal logic at play with respect to their pairing? How did this subgenre emerge and where is it today?

These questions are not exhaustive, but seek to encourage thought on the (often ignored) subject. All submissions should be in English, including citations. Abstracts should include presenter's name, contact address, telephone number, professional affiliation and status. Presentations should be no longer than 15-20 minutes including any media support. Deadline for submission of abstracts (papers and panels): 1st June 2010.

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Andrew H. Banecker ( and Kris Mecholsky ( with "Satiric Crime Film Panel Submission" in the subject line.