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Hardboiled History: A Noir Lens on America’s Past (University of Warwick)

May 19, 2017


Friday 19th May 2017
University of Warwick 

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Helen Hanson (University of Exeter)
Warren Pleece (Comic Artist and Graphic Novelist)

Provisional Programme


09:00-9:30 Registration (The Oculus, OC1.06), Tea and Coffee

09:30-9:45 Opening Remarks

09:45-10:45 Panel 1: (Re)Creating/Marginalising History

Alex Pavey (University College London), “‘Something is wrong here’: James Ellroy and the Historiography of Noir Los Angeles”

Thomas Travers (Birbeck University), “Cuban Breach: Don DeLillo’s Libra as Historical Noir

Michael Docherty (University of Kent), “All Pachucos go to Heaven: Grim Fandango’s Interactive Requiem for the Mexican Dead of 1940s Los Angeles”

10:45-11:45 Panel 2: The “Historical” Female Body

Katherine Farrimond (University of Sussex), “Black and White and Dead: The Femme Fatale as Corpse in Retro Noir”

Esther Wright (University of Warwick), “‘It’s a sad story but this town has seen it play out a thousand times”: L.A. Noire’s ‘Historical’ Women”

Kulraj Phullar (King’s College London), “Veronica Lake and L.A. Confidential: Nostalgia, anachronism and film history”

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-1:00 Keynote: Dr. Helen Hanson, University of Exeter

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:15 Panel 3: New and Old Fatale Figures

Agata Frymus (University of York), “‘The Marryingest Girl in Hollywood’: Romance and Rita Hayworth’s private star persona”

Maysaa Jaber (University of Baghdad), “Breaking the Rules: The Noir Fiction of Charles Williams”

Scott Stoddart (Saint Peter’s University), “History Repeats Itself: The Femmes Fatales of Laura and Gone Girl

Maxine Gee (University of York), “Not so Damned Dames: How Posthuman Noir subverts traditional film noir tropes in Ex_Machina

3:15-3:30 Tea/Coffee Break

3:30-4:30 Panel 4: Space and Place, Aesthetics and Style

Mareike Jenner (Anglia Ruskin University), “Sunshine Noir and 1980s Television”

Greg Keenan (University of Sheffield), “Blind History: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)”

Lindsay Steenberg (Oxford Brookes University), “Transnational Television Noir”

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-5:30 Keynote 2: Warren Pleece

5:30 Wine Reception


A PDF copy of the programme, as well as full asbstracts and speaker information can be downloaded here.

For further information, please contact hardboiled.history@warwick.ac.uk

Conference organisers:

Hannah Graves h.e.p.graves@warwick.ac.uk

Esther Wright e.wright.2@warwick.ac.uk


May 19, 2017
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