Undergraduate Course: The Great Detectives 4 (LLLG07056)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Lifelong Learning (LLC)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||THIS IS A FOR-CREDIT COURSE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE OF LIFELONG LEARNING (OLL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH OLL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
Detective fiction is a fascinating genre because of the sheer multiplicity of novels within it. This course aims to tease out the different approaches that detective fiction writers have used. We will study a novel of the American neo-noir in which the author resists the temptation to resolve the ending alongside the first-person narrative of a young detective with learning disabilities. We will also consider the impact of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood in changing the direction of detective fiction towards more postmodern factional techniques.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Lifelong Learning - Session 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Learn enabled: No
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|By the end of this course, students should be able to:
* discuss texts confidently;
* assess literature based, to a certain extent, on their own close reading;
* place literature in its historical context;
* explain the various elements of the genre of detective fiction;
* demonstrate a good understanding of how the genre has developed and diversified.
|2000 word essay submitted after the course finishes, worth 100% of the total course mark.|
||Week 1 and Week 2: Recording experiences in a 'murder mystery novel': a discussion of a rather unusual detective and a rather unusual crime.
Text: Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Week 3 and Week 4: 'Very little is discovered and the detective is defeated': Umberto Eco's post-modern take on historical detective fiction.
Text: Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
Week 5 and Week 6: 'The book's suspense is based largely on a totally new idea in detective stories: the promise of gory details, and the withholding of them until the end.' (Tom Wolfe) A discussion on how Capote's novel changed detective fiction.
Text: Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
Week 7 and Week 8: An auctioneer turned detective: Welsh's Rilke in Glasgow.
Text: Louise Welsh: The Cutting Room
Week 9 and Week 10: A discussion of James Ellroy's neo-noir style and his refusal to tie up his loose ends.
Text: James Ellroy: L. A. Confidential
||* Close critical reading of passages from texts.
* Small group working.
* Setting literature in historical, social and political context.
* Advance preparation of material for class including work for essays and class discussion.
* Wide reading. Students will be encouraged to work around the subject by reading other detective novels and relevant secondary material.
Eco, Umberto 2004. The Name of the Rose. London: Vintage.
Capote, Truman 2009. In Cold Blood. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Ellroy, James 1995. L. A. Confidential. London: Arrow.
Haddon, Mark 2004. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. London: Vintage.
Welsh, Louise 2003. The Cutting Room. Edinburgh: Cannongate.
Priestman, Martin ed., 2003. The Cambridge Companion to Detective Fiction. Cambridge: CUP.
Scaggs, John 2005. Crime Fiction. London: Routledge.
|Course organiser||Dr Caroline Bamford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4322
|Course secretary||Mrs Diane Mcmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6912
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