|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminar||10 x 2 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||First Essay Assignment 1 x 2000 word essay||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Second Essay Assignment 1 x 3000 word essay||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit failed or missing essay Resubmit 1 x 2000 word essay||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit failed or missing essay Resubmit 1 x 3000 word essay||60%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the historical development of detective fiction in the twentieth century.
2. Describe and evaluate a vareity of critical approaches to the genre.
3. Locate particular works of detective fiction within their historical and cultural contexts.
4. Analyse in detail the handling of langauge and narrative in particular works of detective fiction, and the ways in which they engage with and relate to the conventions of the genre.
One of a suite of specialist option modules for final-year students; it enables participants to engage in study of 'genre fiction' and of the rapidly developing body of theory associated with it; of particular interest both the English Literature students, extending the range of their engagement beyond the traditional canon of 'literary' texts, and to students of Creative Writing, many of whom are already experimenting as practitioners in the genre.
Estimated student workload:
Contact time: 20.5 hours
Reading and preparation: 100 hours
Independent study preparing assignments: 79.5 hours
1. Reading Detective Fiction: Theories of the Detective Story
2. Holmes and Empire: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (1890)
3. The Golden Age and the Shadows of War: Dorothy L.Sayers, Whose Body? (1923)
4. Fair Play / Foul Play: Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
5. Pulp Fiction and the Hardboiled: Raymond Chandler, the Big Sleep (1939)
6. Gender Trouble: Sara Paretsky, Bitter Medicine (1987)
7. Forensics and the Serial Killer: Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem (1990)
8. The American Nightmare: Dennis Lehane, A Drink Before the War (1994)
9. Conscience of a Nation: Ian Rankin, Black and Blue (1997)
10. The Trauma of History: David Peace, Occupied City (2009)
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Communication||Written communication in the form of essays, oral communication in seminar discussion and group presentations|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Developing own research skills, management of time, expression and use of language.|
|Information Technology||Through group presentations in seminars – this will involve preparation outside of class and team work within the seminar.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||By critical reflection and the development of transferable communication skills.|
|Problem solving||Formulating and developing extended arguments|
|Research skills||By relating literary texts to historical contexts and theoretical commentaries, and by synthesizing various perspectives in an evaluative argument.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Detailed critical and contextual analysis of literary texts and evaluation of the theoretical concepts|
This module is at CQFW Level 6