Crime Fiction Symposium

The Scene of the Crime: a crime fiction symposium Victorian London, post-WWI England, the mean streets of L.A.: in crime fiction, place matters. It is crucial to the evolution of the genre and the signifying possibilities of specific texts. Has this changed in recent years? Intensified? Diversified? Think Rebus’s Edinburgh, Wallander’s Ystad, Ellroy’s L.A. How do crime narratives imagine the city and the country, the sprawling metropolis and the regional locale, urban decay and vanishing wilderness?

From Melbourne to Massachusetts, New Orleans to New Zealand, Botswana to Bankstown, from the Yorkshire moors to the Siberian tundra, from bayou to desert reservation: the scene of the crime and the journey of detection shape popular and literary crime fiction alike. ‘The Scene of the Crime’ asks, what is the relationship between crime fiction and representations of place?

Morning session-

Matt Mcguire: Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh

Sara Knox: ‘An Englishman’s Home is His Castle’: the crimes of Alan Bennett

Respondent: Jane Goodall

Afternoon session-

Ross Gibson: “A Hammer is Struck in the Mind”

Novelist Pam Newton: reading from ‘The Old School’

Comments: Jane Goodall

Lunch will be provided.

10.30—2pm, Wednesday 27 June 2012, UWS Bankstown Campus, room 3.G.55

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