David Schmid (English): "Popular Cultures of Violence in the United States"
Scholars at AK
Friday, January 28, 2011, 4 pm
With the UB Humanities Institute and riverrun
Most crime fiction criticism approaches the genre from the point of view of temporality rather than spatiality. There is no doubt that crime fiction is centrally concerned with time; reconstructing not only who did what but when they did it is a big part of the detective’s job. My project argues that crime fiction is a profoundly spatial as well as temporal genre. Through its mobilization of various forms of space crime fiction writers both enable and energize their larger critiques and analyses of culture, power, economy, gender, and race. As its title implies, my project moves from the smallest unit of space in crime fiction, namely, the locked room, to the largest, the globe. I do this partly for reasons of clarity, and partly because representations of each type of space possess certain features and challenges unique to that type, as well as similarities with other types.
David Schmid, the winner of the Milton Plesur and the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, teaches courses in British and American fiction, cultural studies, and popular culture. He received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from the University of Sussex, and his Ph.D. from the Modern Thought and Literature Program at Stanford University.
This series transforms AK café into an "intellectual salon," joining the University at Buffalo and the center of cultural life in the city. Scholars at AK features lectures by UB faculty who have been awarded Humanities Institute fellowships and provides an opportunity for the University and the Buffalo community to build connections through conversation.
Admission is free. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are available.