Ruth Morse “Murder as a Fine Art: the ethics of crime fiction”

crime fiction 3.30pm, Friday 26 September 2014

Noel Stockdale Room, Central Library, Flinders University

Fridays at the Library presents Ruth Morse, Murder as a Fine Art: the ethics of crime fiction

Popular genres have often been held in disdain. In her talk, Morse will argue that crime fiction at its best has always explored key social and geo-political issues on international threats such as arms, drugs, labour, money, and prostitution. Morse will also argue that through its conventions crime fiction has opened its readers to think about the world’s elsewheres, while insisting upon universal moral and ethical ideas.

Since 1995 Ruth Morse has been professeur des universites at the Universite-Paris-Diderot. She previously taught at the universities of London, Sussex, Leeds, and Cambridge, where she was director of studies in English at Fitzwilliam College for ten years. She has been a visiting Fellow at both the Humanities Research Centre, ANU and the National Library of Australia. Her most recent books are Great Shakespeareans: Hugo, Pasternak, Brecht, and Cesaire and Medieval Shakespeare:Pasts and Presents with Peter Holland and Helen Cooper.

Light refreshments served.

Free entry, no bookings required.

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