CFP:Criminal America: Reading, Studying and Teaching American Crime Fiction

Call for Papers

American Literature Symposium  

“Criminal America:  Reading, Studying and Teaching  American Crime Fiction”

March 3-4 2017

Keynote Speaker: Charles Rzepka, Boston University

ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources. The March 2017 symposium will focus on American crime fiction, ranging from Poe to the present and beyond, and including all varieties of the genre, from hard-boiled to puzzle mysteries, locked rooms to global conspiracies, dime novels to experimental texts. Subjects might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Crime fiction and space
  • Representing class, race, and gender
  • Periodizing the genre
  • Poe’s precursors
  • Narrative technique
  • Adaptations
  • The future of the genre
  • Teaching crime fiction
  • Literary vs genre fiction

While we welcome individual proposals, panels and roundtable discussions are also encouraged.


Palmer House Hilton

17 E Monroe St

Chicago, IL 60603

Hotel Rate: The Palmer House Hilton is offering a special rate of $149 (plus tax) per night for a single or double room. This is a great location in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Conference Director: David Schmid, University at Buffalo

 Conference Fee:  $150

Conference fee includes lunch on both days, as well as a Friday evening reception.

Please email all proposals to David Schmid before December 1, 2016


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