Date/Time: Wed 03 Aug / 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Centre for Writers and Writing Seminar
The (Private) Eye of the Beholder: Reading World Crime Fiction
This presentation forms part of a larger project on crime fiction as a form of world literature. In particular, it responds to Wai Chee Dimock’s challenge to imagine a literary history “divided, not into discrete periods, and not into discrete bodies of national literature” (73). In so doing, the presentation explores how we might conceive of relationships between crime writers, readers and texts that eschew the common categorisation of a universal Anglo-American tradition, on the one hand, and, on the other, localised national traditions. Moreover, given that “world literature is not an object; it’s a problem, and a problem that asks for a new critical method” (Moretti 55), Stewart King seeks to develop a textual practice of world crime fiction that acknowledges local specificity and also makes possible new trans-national and trans-historical readings.
Stewart King teaches in Spanish and Latin American Studies and coordinates the International Literatures stream of the Literary Studies major. He has published extensively on contemporary Spanish and Catalan narrative and on crime fiction.
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