Noir Aesthetics In World Literatures

Country: United Kingdom

City: Edinburgh

Abstr. due: 28.02.2018

Dates: 15.06.18 — 15.06.18

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Cultural science;

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Organizers: University of Edinburgh


Noir aesthetics have become popular in contemporary literary production due to the growing interest in fiction that explores mystery and crime. The enormous success of American noir, Scandinavian noir or Tartan noir is also a force in other literary traditions. Fred Vargas’ Pars vite et reviens tard (2004), Massimo Carlotto’s L’oscura immensità della morte (2004), Claudia Piñeiro’s Betibú (2011) or the Akashic noir series, among others, bear witness to this phenomenon.

Crime fiction, narcoliteratura, detective novel or hardboiled fiction are some of the terms used to refer to this new drive in contemporary literature that approaches the existing violence in a society that is still trying to adapt to the new world order. They represent an interesting corpus for analysing the cultural dimension of issues related to subalternity, oppression, hegemonic masculinity, class struggles, globalisation and the neoliberal era, since they illustrate how society has changed due to different historical conditionings. This symposium seeks to focus on the evolution of narrative techniques towards noir aesthetics in the broad spectrum of world literatures, looking at texts which favour the adoption of a new consciousness towards cultural politics, as they reinforce the connection between literature and public affairs.

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