Crime and Composition roundtable

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA Conference 2020, Jacksonville, FL
contact email: 


This roundtable welcomes submissions showcasing the usage of crime to impart the goals of the English literature or composition classroom. Addressing the SAMLA 92 theme of Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts, we are interested in looking at crime as a heuristic or method of teaching. Examples include the following:

  • Crime-based literature
  • True crime podcasting
  • Conspiracy argumentation
  • Criminal investigation as a means of teaching research
  • Popular representations and visual rhetoric
  • Crime writing as genre

By June 15, 2020, please submit an abstract of 300 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Jessie McCrary at and Ashley Shaw at