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CFP Captivating Criminality 6: Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions

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6th Annual Conference of the International Crime Fiction Association

Captivating Criminality 6: Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions

12-15 June 2019

G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Call for Papers

The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its sixth 
conference, which will be held in Italy. Building upon and developing 
ideas and themes from the previous five successful conferences, 
Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions will examine the ways in 
which Crime Fiction as a genre incorporates elements of real-life cases 
and, in turn, influences society by conveying thought-provoking ideas of 
deviance, criminal activity, investigation and punishment.

Since its inception, the genre has drawn inspiration from sensational 
crime reports. In early nineteenth-century Britain, for example, Newgate 
novels largely drew on the biographies of famous bandits, while penny 
dreadfuls popularized the exploits of criminals and detectives to appeal 
the taste for horror and transgression of their target audience. In 
similar ways, notorious cases widely reported in the mid-Victorian 
press, such as the Road Murder (1860) or the Madeleine Smith trial 
(1857), exerted a significant influence on the imagination of mid- to 
late-Victorian novelists, including early practitioners of the sensation 
genre who laid the premises for the creation of detective fiction. In 
other cases, criminal actions were triggered by literary texts or turned 
into appealing fictions by journalists. Suffice it to consider the 
sensation created by Jack the Ripper’s murders in late-Victorian Britain 
or the twentieth-century recent cases of murders committed by imitators 
of criminals and serial killers featured in novels like A ClockWork 
Orange (1962), The Collector (1963), Rage (1977), and American Psycho 
(1991). In more recent times, the interaction between reality and other 
media (TV series, films, computer games, websites, chats, etc.) has 
raised the question of how crime continues to glamorize perturbing, 
blood-chilling stories of law-breaking and law-enforcement.

In addition to exploring these complex relations between facts and 
fictions, the conference will focus on the metamorphoses of crime across 
media, as well as cultural and critical boundaries. Speakers are invited 
to explore the crossing of forms and themes, and to ascertain the extent 
to which canonized definitions suit the extreme volatility of a genre 
that challenges categorization. From an ideological viewpoint, moreover, 
crime fiction has proved to be highly metamorphic, as it has been 
variously used to challenge, reinforce or simply interrogate ideas of 
‘law and order’.

The enduring appeal of the genre is also due to its openness to 
historical and cultural movements – such as feminism, gender studies, 
queer politics, postmodernism – as well as to concepts drawn from 
specific fields of knowledge, such as sociology and psychology. 
Similarly relevant to the ‘metamorphoses of crime’ are cultural 
exchanges among remote areas of the world, which add new perspectives to 
the genre’s representation of customs and ethnical issues.

Scholars, practitioners and fans of crime writing are invited to 
participate in this conference that will address these key elements of 
crime fiction and real crime, from the early modern to the present day. 
Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
•	True Crime, Fictional Crime
•	Crime Reports and the Press
•	Real and Imagined Deviance
•	Adaptation and Interpretation
•	Crime Fiction and Form
•	Generic Crossings
•	Crime and Gothic
•	The Detective, Then and Now
•	The Anti-Hero
•	Geographies of Crime
•	Real and Symbolic Boundaries
•	Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity
•	The Ideology of Law and Order: Tradition and Innovation
•	Gender and Crime
•	Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators
•	Crime and Queer Theory
•	Film Adaptations
•	TV series
•	Technology
•	The Media and Detection
•	Sociology of Crime
•	The Psychological
•	Early Forms of Crime Writing
•	Eighteenth-Century Crime
•	Victorian Crime Fiction
•	The Golden Age
•	Hardboiled Fiction
•	Contemporary Crime Fiction
•	Postcolonial Crime and Detection
Plenary speakers will be Eric Peter Sandberg (City University of Hong 
Kong) and Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna).
Please send 200 word proposals to Professor Mariaconcetta Costantini and 
Dr Fiona Peters to the following email account: 
[log in to unmask]  by 15th February 2019.
The abstract should include your name, email address, and affiliation, 
as well as the title of your paper. Please feel free to submit abstracts 
presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Postgraduate 
students are welcome. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. 
Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome.
The fees are currently being decided; however they will not be more than 
any previous CC confernce, and might be less. We will send details of  
these asap. There will be a reduction for students.
TRAVEL AND CONFERENCE VENUE INFORMATION
G. d’ Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara is located in Abruzzo, 
Central Italy. One part of the campus is in Chieti on the Abruzzo hills. 
The other part, which will be the main venue of the conference, is in 
Pescara. The Pescara campus, which is near the city center, is very 
close to the Adriatic coast and the pinewood celebrated by poet Gabriele 
D’Annunzio in his verse.

Pescara is the biggest city in the region of Abruzzo, and it boasts a 
vibrant cultural life, with an important jazz festival (Pescara Jazz 
Festival), a national literary festival (Festival delle Letterature 
dell'Adriatico), and an international film festival and competition 
(Flaiano Film Festival and International Awards).

The city has a small airport with direct connections to London Stansted, 
which might be a useful option for those of you travelling from the UK 
(Ryanair flight). There are also some Ryanair flights from other 
European cities).

Anyone planning to travel from British and Continental cities can 
consider taking a flight to Rome and then take a bus to Pescara (we 
advise against travelling by train, since the connections are 
complicated and it takes longer than the bus).

You can check timetables and prices on the following website (for 
connections from either Fiumicino or Ciampino airports): 
https://booking.prontobusitalia.it/public/ricerca.jsf?lang=en
https://www.flixbus.co.uk/
or on the website http://www.dicarlobus.it/ (only for buses departing 
from Fiumicino)

More detailed information about travel and details on hotels in Pescara 
will be provided later.







-- 
Joanne Ella Parsons

Editor
The Wilkie Collins Journal

Assistant Editor
_Revenant_

Twitter: @joparsons
www.joanneparsons.co.uk
www.damagingthebody.org

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