Reading into Murder: interpretive essays on select cult texts

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Debayan Deb Barman, Assistant Professor and Head, THLH Mahavidyalay

Reading into Murder: interpretative essays on select cult texts. 


The book will be a collection of critical papers on  select cult texts. The aim shall be to present a broad view and an in-depth scholarship on the highest level of crime, murder, and its interpretation, detection and/or denouement in the select cult/classic works of literature, drama, fiction, poetry, ranging works from Greek tragedy, Elizabethan revenge tragedy and Jacobian tragedy, Browning's poetry, classic British detective fiction, modernist English verse drama, Bengali detective fiction, European and American fiction (Umberto Eco from Italy; Arnaldur Indriðason from Iceland, Jed Rubenfeld from USA and Latin American fiction by Gabriel Garcia Marquez from Colombia and Orhan Pamuk from Istanbul) through most pertinent/relevant theoretical lenses.


AT THIS MOMENT SLOTS FOR CHAPTERS ON   Patrick Suskind's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (1985) and Alain Mabanckou's African Psycho (2003), Edgar Allan Poe's The Mystery of Marie Roger (1842)/ The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)         AS MENTIONED BELOW ARE STILL OPEN.  PLEASE SEND ABSTRACT ON ANY OF THESE ONLY.



The literary texts selected for study are the following:

Reading into Murder: interpretative essays on select cult texts

Sophocles' Oedipus Rex (429 BCE) 


Thomas Kyd The Spanish Tragedy ( perf.1582-92)


William Shakespeare Hamlet (perf.1609)


John Webster  The Duchess of Malfi (perf. 1612-13)


Robert Browning Porphyria's Lover (1836) and My Last Duchess (1842)

Edgar Allan Poe's The Mystery of Marie Roget (1842), The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (1866)

Wilkie Collins's Jezebel's Daughter (1880)


Arthur Conan Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) 


Dorothy L Sayers Whose Body (1923)


Agatha Christie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)


T S Eliot Murder in the Cathedral (1935) 


Saradindu Bandyopadhyay Sajarur Kaanta (Porcupine Quills) (1967) 


Satyajit Ray Dr Munshir Diary [The Diary of Dr Munshi] (1990) and Hatyapuri [House of Murder] (1979)


Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose (1980)


Gabriel Garcia Marquez Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) 


Patrick Suskind's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (1985)


Orhan Pamuk My Name is Red (1998) 


Arnaldur Indriðason Jar City



Alain Mabanckou's African Psycho (2003)


Jed Rubenfeld Interpretation


      of Murder (2006)


Gyles Brandreth Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders/Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol/ Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders/Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile ( any one)

Thus, the book will adopt an eclectic approach selecting texts from ancient Greek tragedy to most recent bestsellers of the 2000s to understand the theme of murder as crime in literatures through the ages and cultures.


Submission guidelines


Abstracts in 250 words in Times New Roman 12 font and 5 keywords to be sent along with a brief bio note as a single attachment to be sent.


 Abstract should mention title of the paper,  name, designation/affiliation, name of institution and email below the keywords.


Details about Full papers including style sheet will be informed  laterto selected candidates. Any copyright issues need to be cleared by the contributor with NOC from the original owner and  submitted along with the full paper. A declaration of originality has to be submitted. 

Word limit is 8000 words maximum, inclusive of references.




Submission of Abstract: 1 June 2021

Intimation of Acceptance: to be intimidated

Submission of Full paper: To be intimidated to the selected contributors.


The edited volume will be published  from national/international level publisher with ISBN.