Who Dunnit!?

Ref: C3741584

An exploration of the popular genre of detective fiction from its inception with Edgar Allan Poe in mid c19, through the sensation novel ‘The Moonstone’, the fantastically popular Sherlock Homes stories, the Golden Age of detective fiction between and just after the wars, through to Umberto Eco’s ‘The Name of the Rose’ and TV detective fiction.

Course aim

To explore the development and range of the popular genre of detective fiction mid c19, through the popular Sherlock Homes stories, the Golden Age between the wars through to ‘The Name of the Rose’ and TV detective fiction.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • define the genre of ‘detective’ fiction
  • explain the popularity of detective fiction.
  • distinguish between the main components of detective novels and detective short stories.
  • contrast the different types of detectives in fiction.
  • evaluate the importance of physical and social location in detective fiction.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes:The Complete Stories Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Who Dunnit!? Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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