Books and Crooks

Ref: C2337924

Crime fiction has never been more various or popular. This course will trace its origins and history and examine its pleasures and variety. We will mainly concentrate on English crime fiction (though there will be one or two excursions beyond these isles) and we will take a glance at how books are adapted for television and film. We will look at seven varied books in some detail and there will be plenty of time for you to share your enthusiasms.

Course aim

The course will provide a history of the 'mystery' genre and look at seven books in particular. There will also be a weekly opportunity for members of the course to share their enthusiasms for authors and books!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • An ability to recount something of the history of crime fiction.
  • Explain the different kinds of crime fiction(historical, procedural, puzzle mysteries, cozy mysteries etc)
  • Be able to make judgements about the authors and books studied in detail.
  • Ruminate on the attractions of the genre

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Materials will be provided but members of the group must equip themselves with copies of the books to be discussed and read them. Information about this will be sent to members of the group before the course starts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre reading will be essential

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Books and Crooks


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