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  • Jay Ganguly
    19 Jan 4:08 am
      For the academics amongst us - an opportunity. Courtesy Prof. Naidu from South Africa.
      The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (published by Routledge from 2016)Fall 2015Special Issue - Postcolonial and Transnational Crime FictionCall for Papers 
      Photo: ‘Feast of Trimalchio’, courtesy of AES+F Crime fiction is one of the mostpopular, widely-read categories of literature the world over, in mostinstances, second in numbers to the romance genre only.  The rise of crime fiction as a popular genrein the nineteenth century, with the publication of Edgar Allan Poe’s Auguste Dupinratiocinative tales and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, coincidedwith the zenith of the colonial era and the birth of Modernism.  Crime fiction has always been a tool withwhich to interrogate the status quo - the imbrication of the structures ofpower and authority with the dark, murky, criminal elements of society.  In the twentieth century and in currenttimes, crime fiction has burgeoned, diversified and propagated to include anarray of sub-genres including feminist crime fiction, historical crime fiction,fantasy crime fiction, and hybrid sub-genres such as gastronomic crime fictionand eco-critical crime fiction.  Sincethe nineteenth century crime fiction has also provided a space for authors tocomment on colonial relations, the iniquities of colonialism, and theaberrations of colonial systems of law enforcement and justice.  The complex legacy of colonialism incontemporary times continues to be explored in transnational crime fiction.  This special issue aims to showcase thelatest scholarship on postcolonial and transnational crime fiction in which thefollowing questions are raised and answered: 

      - How has the genre of crime fiction, and its many sub-genres, been adapted, transformed, re-imagined and subverted by postcolonial and transnational crime fiction texts?

      - How does postcolonial and transnational crime fiction investigate colonial and neo-colonial power dynamics, structures of authority, notions of justice and law enforcement?

      - What specific cultural and socio-political contexts are examined in these texts?

      - How is this literature published, marketed and distributed?  Who are the primary readers of postcolonial and transnational crime fiction?
       
      Postcolonialand transnational crime fiction has developed into a cogent framework for narrating the complexities ofidentity, citizenship, and justice in a globalised, postcolonial world, as NelsPearson and Marc Singer demonstrated in DetectiveFiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World (2009).   Thisspecial issue intends to extend the work pioneered in this seminal text, and inworks such as PostcolonialPostmortems: Crime Fiction from a Transcultural Perspective (2006) by Christine Matzke and Susanne Mühleisen, Crime and Empire(2003) by Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, and Detectingthe Nation (2004) by Caroline Reitz. 

       

      The questions above and the following topics are guidelines forcontributors and are therefore not restrictive.

      ·        Crimefiction and Empire - nineteenth century crime and detective fiction and its inextricable link with the imperial enterprise


      - Golden Age crime fiction and twentieth century attitudes to colonialism in the anti-colonial era

      - The diversification of crime fiction in the late twentieth century, the rise of the postcolonial crime novel and the examination of postcolonial societies through the lens of the crime novel

      - Narratives of the nation/state in postcolonial and transnational crime fiction

      - Transnational crime fiction in the twenty-first century: community; beliefs; epistemologies; identity formation across national boundaries

      - Cultural translation, transcultural interpretation, and issues of migration and diaspora

      - Re-visiting issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality in contemporary postcolonial and transnational crime fiction

      - Readers and the function of social analysis performed by these texts
       Deadlinefor abstracts [300 words] and contributors’ biographies [100 words]: 30April 2015Deadlinefor complete papers [6000-8000 words]: 30 June 2015  Please lookat the submission guidelines: http://jcpcsonline.com/%c2%a0Sendabstracts and 100 word biographies to:GuestEditorProfSam NaiduDepartmentof EnglishRhodesUniversitySouthAfricas.naidu@... Cheers for the Year of Waiting for Sherlock,Jay
      Jayantika GangulyGeneral Secretary and Editor, Sherlock Holmes Society of IndiaMember, Sherlock Holmes Society of LondonMember, Ceska spolecnost Sherlocka HolmeseAuthor, "The Holmes Sutra", MX Publishing, 2014 


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