NeMLA 2023 Session on Detective Fiction

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2022
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Popular Culture Studies, British History / Studies
The NorthEastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA) will be holding its next conference 23 - 6 Mar., 2023, in Niagara Falls, NY; as usual, there's an exciting line-up of sessions of all types. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 Sept. 2022.
I'm convening the following session:
What is the function of space/ place/ location in detective fiction? Subgenres within this already marginalised and slippery (resisting definition or categorisation) genre have sprouted up of late or at least been more overtly acknowledged as addressing this question. Whether eco-crimes focused on by Maori and other indigenous writers, whose victims are simultaneously no one and everyone, or sites which make crime more plausible in the eyes of some, as in Mediterranean or African noir, or even necessitate crime and its detection, as in postcolonial exemplars, detective fiction redefines the concept of genius loci, with crime either inextricably associated with certain locations, shocking because of its unexpectedness (as in the country-house murder of “classic” detective fiction), or otherwise arising from and/ or defying place. Papers speaking to this relationship, and others related, are welcome in this session.
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