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Detective Fiction and Emerging Technologies (NeMLA 2015)

Toronto, Canada
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, American, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, British, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, World Literatures, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Cultural Studies, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2015-04-30 to 2015-05-03 Abstract Due: 2014-09-30

This Northeast Modern Language Association panel will examine the relationship between detective fiction and technology, broadly defined. Why do detective characters choose their technologies—notebooks, magnifying glasses, DNA analysis? How can we read detectives as figures in active response to emerging technologies, both historical and contemporary? Does technology pose its own mysteries which require the negotiation of the detective figure? Or is the detective himself or herself a technological development?

As these questions demonstrate, the panel broadly considers the social role of detective fictions, and therefore we hope to incorporate a range of historical and contemporary, Anglo-American and world literatures, and a range of technologies, including but not limited to communications, forensics, medical, transport, and visual. Papers which apply technological methods in the study of detective texts are also welcome.

Submit 300-word abstracts online at https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15258 by September 30.


Beth Seltzer