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Undergraduate Course: The Great Detectives 5 (LLLG07074)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryTHIS IS A FOR-CREDIT COURSE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE FOR 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 differing approaches that detective fiction writers have used. We will study one of the first Scandi-crime novels that set the template for discussing crime alongside society in Scandinavian detective fiction. We will also discuss a novel that fictionalises the relationship between Arthur Conan Doyle and a wrongly accused criminal. We will end the course by considering the impact of Norman Mailer's magisterial Executioner's Song in exploring the motivations of a real murderer.
Course description Week 1 and Week 2: Setting the pace for Scandi-crime: Sj÷wall and Wahl÷÷'s Martin Beck.
Text: Maj Sj÷wall and Per Wahl÷÷: Roseanna

Week 3 and Week 4: Developing the hard-boiled detective: Sam Spade makes his own justice.
Text: Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon

Week 5 and Week 6: The Creator of a great detective turns detective: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Edalji case.
Text: Julian Barnes: Arthur and George

Week 7 and Week 8: Muriel Spark's 'whydunnit': The Driver's Seat and murder.
Text: Muriel Spark: The Driver's Seat

Week 9 and Week 10: Mailer's Executioner's Song: Crime, consequence and the death penalty.
Text: Norman Mailer: The Executioner's Song
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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.
Reading List
Essential
Sj÷wall, Maj and Wahl÷÷, Per, 2011. Roseanna. London: Fourth Estate.
Hammett, Dashiell, 2011. The Maltese Falcon. London: Thinking Ink.
Barnes, Julian, 2006. Arthur and George. London: Vintage.
Spark, Muriel, 2006. The Driver's Seat. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Mailer, Norman, 1991. The Executioner's Song. London: Vintage.

Recommended
Priestman, Martin ed., 2003. The Cambridge Companion to Detective Fiction. Cambridge: CUP.
Scaggs, John 2005. Crime Fiction. London: Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * 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.
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Anya Clayworth
Tel:
Email: aclaywor@staffmail.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
Email: Sabine.Murdoch@ed.ac.uk
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