THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction (U01486)
The course examines the crime narrative as a highly influential and socially embedded popular cultural form in Britain and the United States. Given that the central figure is someone undertaking a circumscribed interpretative task, crime fiction grants us insights into the representations of gender, class, race, politics and political institutions, science, and interpretation itself throughout the twentieth century. This course offers students the opportunity to study several representative examples of the genre in order to examine the ways in which issues of central importance in the humanities and social sciences have been represented in the popular domain.
? Pre-requisites : Passes in English or Scottish Literature 1 and English or Scottish Literature 2, with a mark of 50 or above at the first attempt in the second year course.
? Special Arrangements for Entry : Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature
? Costs : Essential course texts
? This course has variants for visiting students, as follows
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : 3rd year
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
? Other Required Attendance : 1 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
? Additional Class Information : 1 hour a week attendance at Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will appreciate a comprehensive range of texts that trace the transformations of the genre over the past century - such as detective novel, hardboiled and noir thriller, the police procedural, the conspiracy thriller and serial murder texts. The course discusses how crime as a connective tissue helps us narrate certain aspects of our society and allows students to ascertain whether the genre is an inherently conservative or subversive cultural form. Finally, the course confronts us as readers and critics with the question of whether we are in the position of the detective or the criminal.
1 essay of 2,500 words (25%); 1 examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Anne Mason
Dr Aaron Kelly
Course Website : http://www.englit.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergrd/honours/3year/index.htm
School Website : http://www.llc.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/