Crime Fiction, War Writing and Border-crossings with the Global South
Wednesday, March 22, 15.00-16.00 Public Lecture at Stockholm University. Patrick Deer, English Department, New York University.
Title: “‘You’re Here to Find a Corpse and Write Your Book’: Crime Fiction, War Writing and Border-crossings with the Global South.”
Abstract: Patrick Deer’s talk will explore what happens when the genres of crime fiction and war writing combine, and sometimes collide, in contemporary representations of border crossings with the Global South. He will explore tropes of violence, detection, and the recovery of bodies, archives and memory across works like Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, recent Iraq war fiction like Matt Gallagher’s Youngblood, and Henning Mankell’s Wallander novels. While crime fiction still has the power to defamiliarize genres and cross the borders of world literature, can it shake off its intimate relationship with state power, militarization or its disreputable underworld origins?
Venue: Bergsmannen, Aula Magna