100年第1學期-4068 偵探小說 課程資訊
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
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.
Office Hour4:10-5:00pm Tuesday 3:10-4:00pm Wednesday
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.
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.