While this is not just a Victorian based conference we are keen to
attract lots of papers on Victorian crime and crime writing.
6th Annual Conference of the International Crime Fiction Association
Captivating Criminality 6: Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions
12-15 June 2019
G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Call for Papers
The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its sixth
conference, which will be held in Italy. Building upon and developing
ideas and themes from the previous five successful conferences,
Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions will examine the ways in
which Crime Fiction as a genre incorporates elements of real-life cases
and, in turn, influences society by conveying thought-provoking ideas of
deviance, criminal activity, investigation and punishment.
Since its inception, the genre has drawn inspiration from sensational
crime reports. In early nineteenth-century Britain, for example, Newgate
novels largely drew on the biographies of famous bandits, while penny
dreadfuls popularized the exploits of criminals and detectives to appeal
the taste for horror and transgression of their target audience. In
similar ways, notorious cases widely reported in the mid-Victorian
press, such as the Road Murder (1860) or the Madeleine Smith trial
(1857), exerted a significant influence on the imagination of mid- to
late-Victorian novelists, including early practitioners of the sensation
genre who laid the premises for the creation of detective fiction. In
other cases, criminal actions were triggered by literary texts or turned
into appealing fictions by journalists. Suffice it to consider the
sensation created by Jack the Ripper’s murders in late-Victorian Britain
or the twentieth-century recent cases of murders committed by imitators
of criminals and serial killers featured in novels like A ClockWork
Orange (1962), The Collector (1963), Rage (1977), and American Psycho
(1991). In more recent times, the interaction between reality and other
media (TV series, films, computer games, websites, chats, etc.) has
raised the question of how crime continues to glamorize perturbing,
blood-chilling stories of law-breaking and law-enforcement.
In addition to exploring these complex relations between facts and
fictions, the conference will focus on the metamorphoses of crime across
media, as well as cultural and critical boundaries. Speakers are invited
to explore the crossing of forms and themes, and to ascertain the extent
to which canonized definitions suit the extreme volatility of a genre
that challenges categorization. From an ideological viewpoint, moreover,
crime fiction has proved to be highly metamorphic, as it has been
variously used to challenge, reinforce or simply interrogate ideas of
‘law and order’.
The enduring appeal of the genre is also due to its openness to
historical and cultural movements – such as feminism, gender studies,
queer politics, postmodernism – as well as to concepts drawn from
specific fields of knowledge, such as sociology and psychology.
Similarly relevant to the ‘metamorphoses of crime’ are cultural
exchanges among remote areas of the world, which add new perspectives to
the genre’s representation of customs and ethnical issues.
Scholars, practitioners and fans of crime writing are invited to
participate in this conference that will address these key elements of
crime fiction and real crime, from the early modern to the present day.
Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
• True Crime, Fictional Crime
• Real and Imagined Deviance
• Adaptation and Interpretation
• Crime Fiction and Form
• Crime and Gothic
• The Detective, Then and Now
• Gender and Crime
• Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators
• Crime and Queer Theory
• Film Adaptations
• TV series
• Early Forms of Crime Writing
• Eighteenth-Century Crime
• Victorian Crime Fiction
Plenary speakers will be Eric Peter Sandberg (City University of Hong
Kong) and Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna).
Please send 200 word proposals to Professor Mariaconcetta Costantini and
Dr Fiona Peters to the following email account:
email@example.com by 15th February 2019.
The abstract should include your name, email address, and affiliation,
as well as the title of your paper. Please feel free to submit abstracts
presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Postgraduate
students are welcome. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length.
Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome.
The fees are currently being decided; however they will not be more than
any previous CC confernce, and might be less. We will send details of
these asap. There will be a reduction for students.
TRAVEL AND CONFERENCE VENUE INFORMATION
G. d’ Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara is located in Abruzzo,
Central Italy. One part of the campus is in Chieti on the Abruzzo hills.
The other part, which will be the main venue of the conference, is in
Pescara. The Pescara campus, which is near the city center, is very
close to the Adriatic coast and the pinewood celebrated by poet Gabriele
D’Annunzio in his verse.
Pescara is the biggest city in the region of Abruzzo, and it boasts a
vibrant cultural life, with an important jazz festival (Pescara Jazz
Festival), a national literary festival (Festival delle Letterature
dell’Adriatico), and an international film festival and competition
(Flaiano Film Festival and International Awards).
The city has a small airport with direct connections to London Stansted,
which might be a useful option for those of you travelling from the UK
(Ryanair flight). There are also some Ryanair flights from other
Anyone planning to travel from British and Continental cities can
consider taking a flight to Rome and then take a bus to Pescara (we
advise against travelling by train, since the connections are
complicated and it takes longer than the bus).
You can check timetables and prices on the following website (for
connections from either Fiumicino or Ciampino airports):
or on the website http://www.dicarlobus.it/ (only for buses departing
More detailed information about travel and details on hotels in Pescara
will be provided later.