This short course will look at some major successes of crime fiction, reaching over time and place. We’ll discuss how concepts of class, gender and personal values mutate across time to produce a widely-accepted and remarkably revealing set of ideas about the kinds of crimes that most threatened people, and how they could imagine measures to be taken, in fiction at least, against those contemporary anxieties.
That crime fiction writers have convinced, or at least intrigued, their audiences by their beguiling mix of threats and resolutions is strongly suggested by massive sales – it is estimated that 25% of all books sold are crime fiction.
Time for a magnifying glass. Stories marked with (\*) are available on the MFU website for you to read, the others you’ll have to find yourself, but summaries are online.
Some Velvet morning, 123 Queens Pde Clifton Hill
45 minute presentation, 45 minute open discussion
Edgar Allan Poe, The Three Dupin’ Stories, In Tales Of Mystery And
Imagination, 1841-5: The Murders In The Rue Morgue\*, The Mystery Of Marie-Roget\*, The Purloined Letter\*
Magnificent Matrimony: Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, 1891-2: A Case Of Identity\*, The Speckled Band\*, The Cardboard Box\*
Agatha Christie, The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, 1926