First Day of Class: Friday, February 7, 12:30 - 14:20, CPD-2.45 (no class before Chinese New Year)
This course introduces students to the study of narrative through crime stories, and it will offer an overview of English-language crime and detective fiction over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Reading materials will include early detective stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and BBC’s television show, Sherlock, among other materials.
This course will also provide students with an advanced introduction to the writing of literary criticism and argumentative essays. Many critics have discussed the self-reflexive quality of crime fiction and the detective’s resemblance to the reader of texts, and we will use this reflexivity as a means to think about our own writing.
Texts For Purchase
A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780199554775)
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (William Morrow Paperbacks, ISBN 9780062073495)
They Say I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (W. W. Norton & Co., ISBN 9780393631678)
All other readings will be available on Moodle and/or in handouts.
This course will offer an overview of English-language crime fiction over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as an introduction to narrative theory through the self-reflexive quality of crime fiction. It will also provide an advanced introduction to literary analysis and argumentation to prepare students for more advanced course offerings in English Studies.
This course is scheduled in two parts: a lecture/seminar on Friday (12:30-2:20). and a writing tutorial on Tuesday (12:30-1:20 p.m.), both located in CPD 2.45. We will have the lecture/seminar every week, but tutorials will happen less frequently and will focus on academic writing. Although most class sessions will include a short lecture, much of the class will be run as a discussion seminar with students sharing their thoughts on that week’s assigned reading.
Class Participation, Attendance, and Reading Quizzes – 10 percent
Mid-Term In-Class Essay – 20 percent
Term Paper 1 (including outlines/rough drafts, although outlines/drafts are graded only for completion) – 30 percent
Term Paper 2 (including outlines/rough drafts, although outlines/drafts are graded only for completion) – 40 percent