Thursday 23rd June

09:00-10:00 Registration. The Barn

10:00-11:00  A Discussion of  the Development and Future Direction of the Captivating Criminality Network and Associated Projects. The Barn
Fiona Peters, William Hughes and Annabel Wynne

Bath Spa University

11:00-11:30 Coffee/Tea. Barn Corridor

11:30-12:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Troyer (University of Bath), The Barn

12:30-13:30 Lunch. F24, F27 & F28.

The Barn




Panel 1a: Textual/Contextual Readings: Theories of the Contemporary

Chair: Fiona Peters

Panel 1b: Heroes & Villains: 19th & 20th Century

Chair: Joanne Ella Parsons

Eric Sandberg (University of Oulu)

Thomas Pynchon and the Hardboiled

Merran Williams (La Trobe University)

‘Our fame has gone before us’: 19th century Australia’s infatuation with convict bushrangers

Laura Joyce (University of East Anglia)

Towards a Luminol Theory of Contemporary Crime Fiction

Anindita Dey (Debraj Roy College, Assam)

Trajectory of Criminality: Ideological Mapping of Select Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Crime Fiction

Stephen Butler (University of Ulster)

A Quirk of Fate – Benjamin Black’s Plastered Pathologist (or, How I learned to stop worrying and audaciously alliterate)

Victoria Barry (Bath Spa University)

The Felon as Hero in the Interwar Novels of Graham Greene

15:00-15:30 Welcome from Prof. Neil Sammells, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Bath Spa University) The Barn

The Barn




Panel 2a: Fear, Felony & Terror

Chair: Stephen Butler

Panel 2b: Crime Fiction: Place and Space

Chair: Laura Joyce

Hollygale Millette (University of Southampton)

Retinal Remains: Photographs, Autopsies and the Propaganda of Fear

Duncan Dicks (University of Gloucestershire)

A crime and place for everything: matters of location when writing crime fiction

Hector Duarte Jr (Florida International University)

State of the Nation: Alan Moore’s Jack the Ripper

Xiaowen Yang (University of Auckland)

Doing it Her Way Quietly and Smartly: Amateur Sleuth and Avenger in Chi Zijian’s Goodnight Rose

Andrea Hynynen (University of Turku)

From fearful victim to fearless felony in Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex

Wendy Nakanishi (Shikoku Gakuin University)

Beyond Forensics, or Why Motives Matter

17:00-18:00 Roundtable Discussion: Felony, Fear and Forensics.The Barn

Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University), Mary Evans (LSE), John Troyer (University of Bath), Annabel Wynne (Bath Spa University), William Hughes (Bath Spa University).

18:00-19:30 Wine Reception. F27/28

19:30 Retire to Royal Oak, Corsham High Street

Friday 24th June

The Barn




Panel 3a: Identity, Construction and Narrative

Chair: Jacqui Miller

Panel 3b: Crime Fiction and Social Realism

Chair: Kirsten T. Saxton

Isabell Grosse (University of Leipzig)

The Fear Inside – Corruption and Troubled Identities in Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective, Season 2

Natalie Conyer (Western Sydney University)

Where truth is stranger: Crime fiction in the new South Africa

Melissa Raines (University of Liverpool)

Uncanny Adaptation: Revisionary Narratives in Hannibal

Malcah Effron (Case Western Reserve University)

The CSI Effect as Realism Effect: Detective Fiction’s Role in What People (Think They) Know about Forensics

Iain MacRury (Bournemouth University)

On not being able to be: Writing, Murder and Art in the Ripliad

Colette Guldimann (University of Pretoria)

Forensics as a signifier of postcolonial change in South African and Moroccan Police Procedurals

10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea. Barn Corridor

The Barn




Panel 4a: Food and Fear

Chair: Eric Sandberg

Panel 4b: Identity, Self and the Other

Chair: William Hughes

Linda Ledford-Miller (University of Scranton)

Food for Thought: Italy’s Detectives Brunetti and Montalbano

Elise Payne (University of Wollogong)

Mad Scientists & the M.E: Patricia Cornwell’s Forensic Net

Joanne Ella Parsons (Bath Spa University)

Felonies, Fear, and the Fat Form: Criminality as Inscribed on the Body in The Woman in White

Ann-Lys Bourgognon (Universite du Havre)

‘Nothing especially not my conscience, gets in the way of me taking care of my family’: mothers and motherhood in Sons of Anarchy, a dysfunctional sense of care

Kirsten T. Saxton (Mills College Oakland)

Vera Caspary’s Bedelia: Murder as a Domestic Art, or Lethal Home Economics

Ardel Haefele-Thomas (City College of San Francisco)

From Norman to Nomi: Criminality in Gothic Transgender Narratives

12:30-13:30 Lunch. F27/28

The Barn




Panel 5a: True Crimes & Literary Reconstructions: Questions of Posterity

Chair: Ruth Heholt

Panel 5b: Gothic Heroines
Chair: Ardel Haefele-Thomas
David Platten (University of Leeds)

Trojan Horses: Criminal Histories in the Fiction of Didier Daeninckx

Amalya Ashman (Daegu University)

& Amy Taylor (RMIT University)

Jane Campion’s Gothic Heroines: Bodily Transgressions

Joey Whitfield (University of Leeds)

Crimes too big to solve: the war on drugs in Latin American fiction

14:30-15:00 Cream Tea. F27/28

The Barn. 15:00-17:00
Panel 6a: Lashings of Golden Age

Chair: Annabel Wynne

Ruth Heholt (Falmouth University)

Lashings of Clues and Some Super Sleuthing: The Famous Five and the Golden Age of Crime Fiction

Merja Makinen (Middlesex University)

Pharmacology, Professionalism and Gender

Gaynor Baker (Bath Spa University)

Spiritualism – the false prophet of the Golden Age?

Roberta Anderson (Bath Spa University)

‘There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands’: Miss Marple and gossip

17:10-18:10 Keynote: Prof. Mary Evans (LSE). The Barn

18:45 Conference dinner at The Methuen Arms

Saturday 25th June

10:00-11:00 Keynote: Tim Weaver. The Barn

11:00-11:15 Coffee. Barn Corridor

The Barn




Panel 7a: Forensics, Feminism & Femme Fatales

Chair: David Platten

Panel 7b: Crime, Felony & the Popular

Chair: Jennifer Schnabel

Elena Avanzas Alvarez (University of Oviedo)

Hard-Boiled Forensics: Form, Deviation, and Feminism in the Kay Scarpetta series

Melissa Dearey (University of Hull)

‘I’ve got a thick skin and an elastic heart’: analysing the choreographics of crime and deviance in popular music video

Eva Correa (University of Barcelona)

Deconstructing an Archetype: Bedelia, a Subversive Femme Fatale


Ruben Cenamor University of Barcelona)

Femme Fatale or Caring Mother? Columbo’s ‘It’s all in the game’. Deconstruction of Crime Fiction Gender Identities

Gavin Cologne-Brookes (Bath Spa University)

Dead Man Walking: Nat Turner, William Styron, Bruce Springsteen and the Death Penalty

12:45-13:45 Lunch. F27/28

The Barn


Panel 8: The Importance of Forensics?

Chair: Fiona Peters

Jacqui Miller (Liverpool Hope University)

‘For all Stanley knew, Moxley might be an expert in forensics. He wrote “forensics” in, going down from the R in distemper’ (One Across, Two Down). Ruth Rendell and the forensic art of writing and reading crime fiction

Carol Westron

Dusting the Lawn for Fingerprints: The Golden Age and the CSI Effect

Jennifer Schnabel (The Ohio State University)

‘A Fantasy Policeman’: Ruth Rendell’s Reginald Wexford


The Barn


Panel 9: Crime Fiction Then and Now

Chair: Merja Makinen

Jennifer Gruenewald (University of Freiburg)

…And the Trace Leads to Moscow – The Unique Signature of Russian Felons and Victims in the Scandinavian Crime Novel of the 1990s.

Mia Dormer (University of Exeter)

The Narrative of Forensics in Detective Fiction

16:30 Closing Remarks

17:00 Close