Call for Papers: One-Day Symposium -‘Dragons, Fire, Hornets: Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy from Page to Screen’ The venue will be the University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, room N001 on 9th June 2011

Keynote Speaker (confirmed): Barry Forshaw, author of The Man Who Left Too Soon: The Life and Works of Stieg Larsson (John Blake Publishing, 2010), British Crime Writing (Greenwood World Publishing, 2008), and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction (Penguin/Rough Guide Publishing, 2007).

Participants are invited for a one-day symposium held at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK. The aim is to facilitate further discussion about the impact, influences, and adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy – as a series of books, television programmes, and films. As well as considering the trilogy in all its forms, the event is designed to provide an opportunity to look closely at all three fictions: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The symposium is designed to encourage open debate about this global phenomenon. There are an estimated 45 million readers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The novels have been translated into many languages, and the films are due for a Hollywood ‘re-imagining’ under the directorship of David Fincher. What is the secret behind the works’ enormous success and crossover appeal? It is hoped that selected papers from the conference will be published in the form of an edited book collection.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute presentations. Topics may include (but not limited to):

1. Crossover between literature/television/film (in terms of adaptation, the circulation of fictions, and medium-specificities)

2. Translations and transitions (local to global, Europe to Hollywood)

3. Contextual positioning of the trilogy in the wider field of Scandinavian crime fiction and/or Eurocrime

4. Close textual analysis of the texts

5. Debates around gender, genre and socio-cultural readings

Proposals of not more than 200 words for 20 minute presentations should be emailed to

Deadline: 31 March 2011


Dr. Steven Peacock, University of Hertfordshire, author of Swedish Crime Fiction: Adaptation from Novel to Global Film and Television (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2012).

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