DETECt – Horizon 2020

The International Crime Fiction Research Group is delighted to share the good news about the European funding secured for our project “DETECt -Detecting Transcultural Identity in European Popular Crime Narrative-“, as part of the Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenge 6: “Understanding Europe: Promoting the European Public and Cultural Space” framework. The project is led by the University of Bologna and involves 18 institutions from 11 European Countries.  DETECt addresses the formation of European cultural identity as continuing process of transformation fostered by the mobility of people, products and representations across the continent. Because of the extraordinary mobility of its products, popular culture plays a decisive role in circulating representations that constitute a shared cultural asset for large sectors of the European society. The project examines examples of crime fiction, film and TV dramas from 1989 to present, to learn how mobility strategies such as co-production, serialization, translation, adaptation, distribution, and more, have influenced the transnational dissemination of European popular culture. It also investigates how the treatment of specific ‘mobile signifiers’ – including representations of gender, ethnic and class identities – affect the ability of European narratives to migrate outside their place of origin, and be appropriated elsewhere in different and variegated ways. Researching the contemporary history of the crime genre in Europe, DETECt aims to identify the practices of production, distribution and consumption that are best suited to facilitate the emergence of engaging representations of Europe’s enormously rich, plural and cross-cultural identity. The knowledge acquired through a detailed research programme will be used in cultural, learning and public engagement initiatives designed to prompt the elaboration of new transnational formats for the European creative industries. These activities will profit from a set of experimental research and learning resources and innovative collaborative tools, aggregated and organized on DETECt Web portal which will be introduced here. A range of activities will be addressed to the general public and announced here. In particular, the development of a Web mobile app tools will allow users to contribute to the creation of a collaborative atlas of European crime narratives. Watch this space for updates.

Please visit The DETECt website



The Mysterious Bookshop : A view of 4000 Crime Fiction Paperbacks


The  notorious Tribeca Bookshop at 58,  Warren Street,  NYC, is famed for its devotion  to “all things mysterious, from hard-boiled hardcovers to pulpy paperbacks”. Anyone interested in  an overview of the current market of international Crime Fiction in English language will benefit from  a virtual tour through its rich collections, including a view of the covers of some 4000 paperbacks.

A comprehensive bibliography of Scandinavian Noir

Excellently documented as always,  Marginalia devotes this month a special issue to  Scandinavian Noir. For all readers of Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum,  Jo Nesbø or Arnaldur Indridason looking for more on the context of Nordic noir and eager to discover  Scandinavian crime authors old and new, this is a must.  Especially as it contains, too, a selected bibliography on works of criticism, such as the recently published book by  our friend Kerstin Bergman,  Swedish Crime Fiction: The Making of Nordic  Noir (Mimesis International, 2014). Readers curious about Swedish Crime Fiction from  the 1940’s, such as  Sture, Erik Yngve Högberg, Gertrud  Stendal, or Stieg Trenter,  or about Finnish Authors  Mika Waltari (1908-1979) and Mauri Sariola, or about the collaboration  of Maj Sjöwahl with Ross Thomas will want to read more…



San-Antonio World Adventures : The global itinerary of a French Crime Series


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The unprecedented scale and enduring nature of the success of the original San-Antonio Series (175 first person narrator Crime novels focused on the investigations of the Parisian Commissaire San-Antonio), published between 1949 and 2000 have been recognised as a significant social phenomenon and “fait littéraire”  (Escarpit, 1965). While its importance and meaning to French Culture have been investigated (Rullier, Gautier, Jeannerod and Lagorgette, 2011), San-Antonio is too frequently –albeit with some substance, considered a French singularity. Recent studies (Jeannerod, 2010; Galli, 2014) have highlighted that San-Antonio is much more international than the idiom and characters of his books might lead to believe. In fact, not only do his novels owe to a large intertextual network of international influences, and not only are they set all over the world, they have, too, circulated widely in a number of translations.

The maps reproduced here highlight the places travelled by San-Antonio during the course of five decades of his adventures; they are part of a project of visualisation, which is currently being sponsored by the AHRC, within the framework Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities.

CFP : Consuming Crime: Consumption, Commodification and Consumerism in Crime Fiction, Film and Television

Consuming Crime: Consumption, Commodification and Consumerism in Crime Fiction, Film and Television

The Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Crime Genre Research Network, Ireland is to be held at The University of Limerick, Ireland

Friday 26 -Saturday 27th June, 2015

Crime novels, films and television series are avidly consumed by readers and viewers worldwide, and the crime genre has itself become one of the most successful commodities of modern times, expanding into multiple cultural spaces. The success of this genre of anxiety and reassurance is due, in part, to a fascination with crime and transgression, and concomitantly with justice and security. From its inception the genre has had clear links to the sensationalistic tabloid press, and accounts of true crime are still compelling today. Crime stories are a highly valued product and we seem to have an insatiable appetite for them. In our increasingly global world, we look beyond our own borders to consume accounts of other cultures, societies, people and places – the latter in particular being marketed with specific brand identities such as Nordic noir. Tourism is marketed alongside culture and history in the contemporary crime genre.

The aim of this sixth interdisciplinary conference is to explore the idea of consumption, commodification and consumerism as they feature in the crime genre. Continue reading

A Bibliography of novels and anthologies inspired by the crimes of Jack the Ripper (Marginalia, November 2014)


The latest issue of the invaluable resource for all researchers in popular cultures that is MARGINALIA, Bulletin bibliographique des études sur les littératures et le film populaires, is devoted to the intertextual and intermedia circulation of the figure of Jack the Ripper. It offers a bibliography of novels and anthologies inspired by the crimes of Jack the Ripper, ranging from historical mysteries, to modern thrillers or serial killer novels inspired by the killer  and to speculative fiction, steampunk ,fantasy, etc.

The full 32 pages dossier is available at :

Marginalia is published Four times per year by NORBERT SPEHNER  (

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Garrett Carr’s “The Map of Connections”



Garrett Carr is a writer who has also brought map-making into his work, creating new maps of Ireland’s border. In the conference “The Territorialisation of Crime fiction” (QUB, June 13-14, 2014) he discussed “The Map of Connections”. This is a map of unofficial crossings that he found when exploring the border: footbridges, stepping-stones, paths and lanes. Some may have been used for smuggling, or perhaps just visiting neighbours. None had been mapped before. The Map of Connections charts 77 in total.

Carr has curated Mapping Alternative Ulster, a show of individually created maps by other practitioners as well as himself. It ran in the Ulster Museum during 2014 and will tour to other venues during 2015.