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19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction

Detective fiction is one of the most popular and enduring genres and characters like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot have become household names. We will explore the origins and development of detective fiction and consider how crime writing exploits readers' fears and anxieties, and the sense of resolution and reassurance it can provide.

We will look at a variety of texts in their historical, social, and cultural contexts, as well as exploring critical responses to detective fiction across time. How can we explain the genre's continuing appeal?

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2018-10-09 12:43
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Resources for this course

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 1: Lady Audley's Secret (Power Point)

Slides from week 1's class on Lady Audley's Secret. Includes an introduction and overview of the course.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 2: The Moonstone (Power Point)

Slides from our second class on The Moonstone.

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 3: Sherlock Holmes and Loveday Brooke (Power Point)

Slides from week 3's class on Private Investigators: Sherlock Holmes and Loveday Brooke.

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Essay Questions

The assignment for this course. 

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 1: Lady Audley's Secret (Group Activity - Handout)

The passages and questions used in the breakout group discussions.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 2: The Moonstone (Group Activity - Handout)

The passages and questions used in the breakout group discussions.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 4: Father Brown (Power Point)

Slides from Week 4's class on G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 4: Father Brown (Group Activity - Handout)

Breakout group activity for Week 4's class on Father Brown.

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 5: Roger Ackroyd (Power Point)

Slides from our Week 5 class on Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 5: Roger Ackroyd (Group Activity - Handout)

The passages and questions used in our group activity in Week 5.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 6: Gaudy Night (Power Point)

Slides from our Week 6 class on Dorothy L. Sayers's Gaudy Night.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 6: Gaudy Night (Group Activity - Handout)

Passages and questions used in the breakout groups.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 7: Death in a White Tie (Power Point)

Slides from our Week 7 class on Ngaio Marsh's Death in a White Tie.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 7: Death in a White Tie (Group Activity - Handout)

The passages and questions used for breakout group activity.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 7: Death in a White Tie (Group Activity - Handout 2)

The book's Character List used for group discussion (to accompany the other handouts).

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 7: Death in a White Tie (Group Activity - Handout 3)

The book's House Layout used for group discussion (to accompany the other handouts).

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 8: The Big Sleep (Power Point)

Slides from our Week 8 class on Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 8: The Big Sleep (Group Activity - Handout)

The passages and questions used in the breakout group activities. 

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Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 9: The Daughter of Time (Power Point)

Slides from Week 9's class on Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time.

Alison Moulds
Document 19th- and 20th-Century Detective Fiction - Week 9: The Daughter of Time (Group Activity - Handout)

The passages and questions used for breakout group discussion in Week 9.

Alison Moulds