100年第1學期-4068 偵探小說 課程資訊

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選課分析

本課程名額為 12人,已有5人選讀,尚餘名額7人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Midterm paper 35
Final Paper 35
Participation 30

授課教師

林淑琴

教育目標

1. to learn of the historical development of detective fiction; 2. to study an example of sub-genre and its characteristics, e.g. ratiocinative, hard-boiled, police procedural, and historical detective fiction; 3. to explore the complicated social relationships and their implications in the genre, e.g. victim vs. society, criminal vs. justice system, individual vs. community; 4. to develop critical reading skills, analyze and write about detective fiction

課程概述

This course investigates the development of modern detective fiction. By following representative authors – Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Ed McBain, Ellis Peters, Patricia Cornwall, and Henning Mankell – and their works, it studies their innovations in plot design, narrative voice, characters, themes, and most importantly, the portrayal of the detective. It explores how detective fiction responds or lacks response to the social and historical changes. It also introduces and examines features of social institutions and technological advancement, such as policing, forensic science and computer technology, and how these have changed the landscape for fictional detectives. The course also extends its investigation to historical and the present-day non-Anglo detective fiction. The topics in discussion include: hero vs. villain vs. victim, individual vs. community, gender, alienation and marginalization, and cultural conflicts.

課程資訊

參考書目

Major Texts:
Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep.
Christie, Agatha. Murder at the Vicarage.
Cornwall, Patricia. Postmortem.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. Sherlock Holmes Stories.
Grafton, Sue. “Full Circle”
Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon, Vintage.
Mankell, Henning. The Fifth Woman.
McBain, Ed: Heat.
Paretsky, Sara. “Settled Score”
Peters, Ellis. A Morbid Taste for Bones.
Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, The Dupin Stories.

Secondary Texts:
Cawelti, John G. Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and
Popular Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.
Grella, George. “The Formal Detective Novel”
James, P. D. Talking about Detective Fiction. NY: Knopf, 2009.
Knight, Stephen. Form and Ideology in Crime Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1980.
Sayer, Dorothy, “The Omibus of Crime Stories”
Walton, Priscilla L. and Manina Jones. Detective Agency: Women Rewriting the Hard-boiled Tradition. Berkeley: U of California P, 1999.