CALL FOR PAPERS
MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION
SW-TX PCA/ACA CONFERENCE
FEB. 12-15 2003
The suggested theme for this yearís panels: "Place, Time, Memory, and Image in Mystery/Detective Fiction"
Below see some possibilities for your consideration regarding these four aspects of the genre:
the evocation of place, particularly in successful mystery series, for example, Edna Buchananís Miami, Tony Hillermanís Four Corners, Carolyn Hartís South Carolina coast, Susan Wittig Albertís Central Texas, Rita Mae Brownís Virginia hunt country, Patricia Cornwellís Richmond, Julie Smithís New Orleans, Sara Paretskyís Chicago, etc.
the evocation of specific eras of the past (in response to last yearís participants interested in historical fiction and the historical mystery), for example, the novels of Dianne Day, Laurie King, Leonard Tourney, Ellis Peters, Peter Tremayne, Steven Saylor, E.F. Benson, etc.
the operation of memory in the sleuthís solving the mystery and in the readerís attempt to follow or even anticipate the solution
the successful (or not so successful) translation of mysteries and detective fiction to the screen and/or television (again, in response to several participants who want to explore mystery/detective fiction on screen), everything from The Thin Man series to the current phenomenon of Monk
The possibilities are wide open. Submissions in other areas of interest regarding mystery/detective fiction are welcome.
Please send abstracts and/or papers and a short vita/bio by December 1, 2002.
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