Centre for Studies in Literature

Crime Cultures: Figuring Criminality in Literature, Media and Film

CSL conference 2008

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Elisabeth Bronfen, Linden Peach, Nicole Rafter, Renata Salecl, Mark Seltzer

Notions of criminality, pathology and deviance are increasingly central to our understanding of culture. From stalkers to serial killers, terrorists to ‘school shooters’, violent crime seems one of the key symptoms of our age. Not surprisingly, the academic study of crime fiction has been undergoing a resurgence in the 21st Century. Crime fiction is now established as something approaching a core subject on literature curricula, as well as an expanding, exciting field of research. This expansion, however, also means that the generic approach which has traditionally governed academic approaches to crime fiction now seems too constrained.