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Continental Crimes

Continental Crimes

Edited by Martin Edwards – Continental Crimes, British Library, 10/06/2017.

                        A book review by Jonas Rohe, Queen’s University Belfast

 

Continental Crimes is a collection of classic crime short stories from writers of the British tradition which are set, as the name suggests, on the European continent. Edwards’ anthology contains fourteen stories dating from the early 20th century, through the Golden Age of Crime, to the 1950s. The tales are roughly in chronological order by date of publication, starting with Doyle’s The New Catacomb (1898) and ending with Michael Gilbert’s Villa Almirante (1959).  Continue reading

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The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

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Martin Edwards –The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books, The British Library, 2017

 

A book review by Jonas Rohe, Queen’s University of Belfast

 

 

Martin Edwards’ The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (2017) offers a literary history of crime fiction of the first half of the 20th century, focusing mainly on the British tradition. The hardcover book is beautifully edited with an artfully designed cover and includes several high gloss pictures of different classic crime fiction book covers. Edwards, as a successful crime fiction author himself, has selected a wide variety of stories that cover the “Golden Age of Crime” of the thirties to the post-World War II crime fiction period. Continue reading

Symposium : Towards a Digital Atlas of European Crime Fiction? (British Library Conference Centre, April 10, 2015)

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In the last decades the astonishing speed in the global circulation of cultural works and the unprecedented opportunities to gather and analyse large amount of data through electronic resources have opened up new possibilities for researchers in all disciplines. At the same time, the spatial turn in the Humanities has prompted scholars to consider the benefits of using maps and graphs to investigate the transnational history of cultural phenomena. However, while scholars working on quite traditional literary subjects have been quick to discuss and carry out the provocative claims made by Franco Moretti in The Atlas of the European Novel (1998), an ideal case study for such an approach, i.e. popular fiction, had been largely neglected.

The AHRC-funded project Visualising European Crime Fiction: New Digital Tools and Approaches to the Study of the Transnational Popular Culture has represented a first attempt to adopt this approach in the field of crime fiction studies, starting to collect data from different sources and exploring the uses of an online database and various visualisation tools. This exploratory project in partnership with the Paris-based BILIPO aimed at testing a number of strategies and possibilities in order to envision a larger, longer-term initiative to conduct extensive studies on the transnational circulation of popular fiction at the European level.  Researchers from a group of universities in the UK, France, Hungary, Sweden and the Czech Republic have collaborated to create sample datasets, the prototype database and a series of visualisations. Continue reading

A Big Data Investigation workshop + BritishLibraryLabsTHATCAMP 2015

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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: http://labs.bl.uk/
Data Curation Conference 2015: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/international-digital-curation-conference-idcc