CFP: Literary Art of Murder (UK) (6/15/07; 4/4/08-4/6/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Malcah Effron
contact email: 

*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 Sussex)

                                                 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.
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 British and the
American detective novel 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:

=B7 (re) evaluating Chandlerian realism

=B7 the evolution of generic conventions

=B7 detechnobabble: science and technology

=B7 parodies and intertextual references to other detectives

=B7 the detective as anti-hero

=B7 serial detectives/ killers

=B7 race and detection

=B7 location and the importance of place

=B7 filmic and televisual adaptations

=B7 the historical detective novel

=B7 gendering the detective

=B7 theoretical trends and new aesthetic evaluations

=B7 detective fiction in the 21st-century

=B7 murder as a fine art

=B7 the confines of genre
  Abstracts between 300-500 words for papers of 20 minutes are invited by
June 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 acceptance=
by July 1, 2007. *Conference Organisers*: Malcah Effron and Maureen
Sunderland *Contact Details*: *Abstract Deadline*: 15
June 2007

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