Day: February 10, 2015

A Big Data Investigation workshop + BritishLibraryLabsTHATCAMP 2015


February 12, 2015
30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
February 13, 2015
British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

A two-day hands-on workshop to explore some of the tools and the skills to be acquired to conduct research on big data in the Humanities will take place in London next week as part of the activities supported by the AHRC-funded project “Visualising European Crime Fiction: New Digital Tools and Approaches to the Study of Transnational popular Culture”, led by Dr. Dominique Jeannerod (QUB).

Co-organised with the British Library Labs in the framework of the Data Curation Conference 2015, the workshops will explore a number of online resources for metadata, texts and images, as well as tools for data visualisation such as Gephi and Tableau.
The full programme of two days is available here:
Please visit the websites of the co-organisers of this event:
The British Library Labs:
Data Curation Conference 2015:

CFP: James Ellroy: Visions of Noir

‘James Ellroy: Visions of Noir’, 1-3 July 2015, will be held at the University of Liverpool and sponsored by the School of English. This conference will examine Ellroy’s influence on the genre, his inspirations as a writer and his achievements in forging an idiosyncratic and unique style. We seek to foster an interdisciplinary approach in order to explore subjects such as Ellroy’s reinterpretation of the history of Los Angeles and the United States, as well as the connections between genre fiction and cinema through film noir. Our keynote speaker is journalist and critic Woody Haut, who has written on how Ellroy’s work has led to a reassessment of crime fiction as ‘at its most subversive not when it retreats into the confines of the genre, but when it stretches its narrative boundaries and rules regarding subject, style and plot.’ His works include Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction (1999) and Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War (2014). Continue reading

American Paperbacks in French : ” Le Fantôme” Ferenczi


Ferenczi published predominantly  French authors over many decades. But after WWII it followed the American vogue and tried to benefit from  the popularity of Crime Fiction from America. It created the series Le Fantôme to bring American novels which had not been published in France.  Just when French noir authors started to emerge with other publishers (Gallimard, Fleuve Noir and Presses de la Cité, most notably) this new Ferenczi collection was launched in 1953, publishing translations of novels by american authors from the 1940s.  The covers hence  bear two mentions : roman policier américain and inédit en France. It only lasted a couple of years, with only 24 novels published. But among them are four of the first noir novels by Harry Whittington.  Murder is My Mistress (1951) was the first book published in the Le Fantôme series, in 1953.  Satan’s Widow (1952) was Le Fantôme no 8, Married to Murder (1951), Le Fantôme no 19,  in 1954. An author representative of the “second noir generation”, like Jim Thomson, Whittington, who published more than 80 noir novels would from the late 1950’s  onwards become a regular of Gallimard’s Série Noire.  The following sets the context of his debuts in France, and lists other American authors who were less enduringly succesful than him there, but who often did reasonably well at the time (Edward Ronns, Manning Lee Stokes…) Continue reading