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(Mis)Representing Gendered Violence – Is crime fiction dealing in caricatures?

8 November 2021 - 6 November 2022

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Domestic Noir is now a well-established sub-genre in contemporary crime writing. Coined in 2013 by author Julia Crouch, the term refers to a genre (that pre-dates this label) made up of unreliable female narratives with a penchant for violence – or similar misdeeds and manipulation. However, while this growing genre provides an alternative view on violence as a (male) gendered characteristic, there are interrogations to be made of the authenticity of the female violence in these publications.

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, one of the most influential novels in this genre from the last decade, will inform this discussion of whether we are de-gendering violence or only mis-gendering it further, thereby portraying caricatures of the (female) psychopath.

This pre-recorded talk is delivered by Dr Charlie Barnes, Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Wolverhampton.

The University of Wolverhampton offers hundreds of courses in different subject areas including taster sessions, Foundation year courses, Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees. It has over 21,000 students studying at three main teaching campuses in the Midlands (Wolverhampton, Telford, Walsall) in the UK.


November 8
6 November 2022
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