98年第2學期-0181 文討:奇哉!大偵探 課程資訊

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選課分析

本課程名額為 15人,已有14人選讀,尚餘名額1人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Midterm paper 30
Final paper 30
Participation 20
Oral presentation and turn leading discussion 20

授課教師

林淑琴

教育目標

1. To add to the pleasure of reading 2. To utilize and sharpen critical skills acquired in other literature courses 3. To gain an in-depth understanding of a popular literary genre through analytical and critical study 4. To better understand the interplay between detective fiction and its socio-economic background.

課程概述

This course explores the development of a unique literary hero, the super detective. It examines the origins and evolution of the detective in fiction from amateur investigator to professional private eye to professional policeman. It studies how the expanding role of the detective in different professions, e.g. journalism, law, medicine, etc., reflects the moral and cultural complexity of a society on the move. At the same time, it examines how the form responds to social-economic changes involving questions of race, gender, class and the environment, thus serving as a type of social criticism. This course also investigates the emergence of female detectives and analyses current trends in detective fiction.

課程資訊

參考書目

Course Materials:
Major Texts:
Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep
Christie, Agatha. Mrs. McGinty s Dead
Doyle, A. Conan. Short Story Collection
Hammet, Dashiell. Maltese Falcon
Poe, Edgar Allan. The Dupin Stories.

References:
Cawelti, John G. Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and
Popular Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.
Knight, Stephen. Form and Ideology in Crime Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1980.
Pepper, Andrew. The Contemporary American Crime Novel. NY: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001