Marking and Re-marking: Tracing the Tattoo in Crime and Detective Narratives (edited collection of essays)

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Katharine Cox and Kate Watson (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
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Proposals of 250 words are sought for an upcoming collection: 'Marking and Re-marking: Tracing the Tattoo in Crime and Detective Narratives', edited by Katharine Cox (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Kate Watson (Cardiff Metropolitan University). It is anticipated that this collection will bring together a variety of scholars from different disciplines and backgrounds to consider historic and contemporary meanings of tattoos in crime and detective narratives.

The editors seek proposals that will explore the symbolic, transformative and palimpsestic nature of the tattoo in crime and detective narratives. While there is a rich tradition of tattoos and crime bound up with penal histories, the collection seeks to examine these narratives but also trace this movement of images, inscriptions, clues, bodies, symbols and meanings in contemporary texts. We encourage articles from a range of historical periods, media, 'texts' and academic disciplines (including, but not limited to anthropology, history, literature, and criminology).

The editors particularly welcome proposals on the following topics:

• Tattoos and textualities
• Illustrated men and/or painted ladies
• Scarification and branding
• Tattoos and/in media
• Women writing tattoos
• Tattoos and the graphic novel
• Colonial and post colonial tattoos
• Tattoos and adaptation
• Covering, layering, masking tattoos
• Children's crime literature
• Tattoos, gender and sexuality
• Body modifications

Procedure for Submission

A 250 word proposal should be sent to the editors at and by August 19, 2013. Please include biographical note, affiliation and 4-5 keywords. Full-length essays will be solicited from these proposals, with final essays due by April 15, 2014.

Essays should include a 50-word abstract and 4–5 keywords, and be between 15 to 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 5,000 to 6,000 words) in Times or Times New Roman font with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Style Manual. Manuscripts should not be under consideration elsewhere.