About this course

Britain has a distinguished – and distinctive – tradition of crime writing. This course explores the development of this tradition from the nineteenth century, through ‘The Golden Age’ of the 1920s and 30s, to the present day. The focus will be upon both close readings of individual texts and broader cultural and historical interpretations of the genre. Topics to be considered include: the role of the country house and the city, feminism in the detective novel and the importance of women writers, the politics and ideology of representing crime and metafiction and crime. Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Margery Allingham, PD James and Ian Rankin are just some of the authors included on the syllabus.

The class hikes in the footsteps of Conan Doyle’s infamous Hound of the Baskervilles on Dartmoor and visits Greenway, Agatha Christie’s beautiful home, on a day-long study trip to Devon.


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