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elizfoxwell started the topic CFP: Interwar Mysteries–The Golden Age & Beyond (Clues: A Journal of Detection) in the discussion Detective Fiction on Humanities Commons 1 week, 2 days ago
CFP: Interwar Mysteries–The Golden Age and Beyond
(Theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)
Guest editor: Victoria Stewart (University of Leicester)
Submission deadline: October 12, 2018
“These things never happened before the War.”
—Mr. Wetheridge, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1928), by Dorothy L. Sayers
Although the perio…[Read more]
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Please consider submitting an abstract by Oct. 1 for the 2019 Popular Culture Association conference in Washington, D.C., April 17-20! Details here: https://pcaaca.org/area/mystery-detective-fiction</p>
This critical commentary argues that the novels submitted (emphasis on Ammonite, The Blue Place, and Hild, with three others, Slow River, Stay, and Always briefly referenced), form a coherent body of work which centres and norms the experience of the Other, particularly queer women. Close reading of the novels demonstrates how specific word-choice…[Read more]
The death and resurrection of Sherlock Holmes, a contrarian reading in which Holmes helps the murderer, and the century-long tradition of the Holmesian Great Game with its pseudo-scholarly readings in light of an ironic conviction that Holmes is real and Arthur Conan Doyle merely John Watson’s literary agent. This paper relies on these events in t…[Read more]
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