Gender and Genre in Contemporary American Crime Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
January 10, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Society for Contemporary Literature

Gender and Genre in American Crime Fiction

(Criminal America: Reading, Studying & Teaching American Crime Fiction, Chicago, IL, March 3-4, 2017); due January 10

full name / name of organization: 

Society for Contemporary Literature

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The Society for Contemporary Literature, a group dedicated to the study of literature of the last 25 years, invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the Criminal America: Reading, Studying & Teaching American Crime Fiction Symposium of the American Literature Assoc. We encourage scholars to think broadly about culture, criminality, and its relationship to contemporary literature, as well as its gender- and genre-bending in contemporary literature.

As a starting point for discussion, consider the often stereotypical gender roles in crime fiction; women often fall into certain tropes (the femme fatale, the nagging wife, the “butch” cop).  Consider ways in which contemporary crime fiction challenges and/or reinforces these tropes; how, if at all, does that affect the genre? You may choose to consider genre/gender-bending more broadly. You may also consider these ideas in light of reading, studying, and/or teaching crime fiction in relation to other genres.

Please send 300-word abstracts and one-paragraph bio statements to Ándrea Laurencell Sheridan ( by January 15, 2015; submissions should be sent via email with the subject line “SCL Crime symposium abstract.” Note that scholars are limited to one 20-minute presentation (approx. 9 pages double-spaced) at this conference and that no audio-visual equipment will be available. Notifications will be sent by mid-January.

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