Genre Bending: Crime's Hybrid Forms (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, Film and Film History

Guest Editor: Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna)

Throughout its long history, crime writing has inspired and been inspired by other genres such as the gothic, sensation fiction, horror, romance, film noir, science fiction, and true crime. This theme issue of Clues seeks to explore the richness of these generic contact zones and the acts of cross-pollination they engendered, ultimately contributing to the overall development of this galaxy of literary forms. Articles for this issue might address questions such as the following:

• Generic conventions, expectations of readers/viewers, and authorial transgressions
• The ideological import of generic swerves
• The interplay between genres and modes
• Generic mobility and media mobility
• Rethinks of the system of genres with a focus on exchange rather than on formula
• Multimodal crime fiction (as exemplified by Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time [2003] and similar texts)
• Crime fiction meets trauma fiction: Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution (2004), Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind (2005), and similar works

Submissions should include a 50-word abstract and 4–5 keywords, and be between 15 to 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) in Times or Times Roman font with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the MLA Handbook (8th ed., 2016), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized Works Cited list.

Submit manuscripts to: Janice M. Allan, Clues executive editor, University of Salford, email:

Address questions to: Elizabeth Foxwell, Clues managing editor, email:

Contact Info: 

Janice Allan, Executive Editor, Clues; Assoc Dean Academic (Assurance), University of Salford, Salford, UK,