Golden Age Crime Fiction

Ref: C3529041

This course will examine the enduring appeal of golden age crime fiction from the amateur sleuth to the professional detective through a range of texts and will consider the social and cultural context of the genre.

Course aim

This course will consider a range of texts from the Golden Age of Crime fiction and consider its enduring appeal.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of golden age crime fiction.
  • discuss a wide range of fiction from the period.
  • demonstrate an understanding of aspects of fiction such as narrative structure and point of view.
  • participate confidently in group discussion.
  • understand golden age crime fiction in its cultural and social context.

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

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?

  • Students will need to have a copy of each text available to them on the appropriate week.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Texts and reading order: AA Milne 'Red House Mystery', G Mitchell 'Speedy Death', A Christie 'Murder at the Vicarage', M Allingham 'Police at the Funeral', DL Sayers 'Gaudy Night', J Bude 'The Sussex Downs Murder', A Christie 'The ABC Murders'

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Golden Age Crime Fiction


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