Literature - 1930's Crime Fiction

Ref: C3530179

This course will examine the enduring appeal of crime fiction from this decade, consider the formation of the Crime Writers Association and key figures in it, and explore the characteristics of the 'Golden Age'.

Additional information about this course

NB There is no session on 18th Feb as its half term

Course aim

This course will explore a range of fiction from the Golden Age of crime writing, specifically from the 1930s, and consider the enduring appeal of this genre and period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • show an awareness and understanding of the golden age period of crime fiction.
  • consider a range of texts from the period and recognised the main features that define crime fiction in the 1930s.
  • be conversant with aspects of fiction such as narrative structure, point of view, omniscient and unreliable narrators.
  • be confident in class participation and in the evaluation of primary source material.
  • be confident of reading golden age crime fiction within its cultural and social contexts.

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 the appropriate text available to them on the appropriate week. The text can be in the form of a hard copy or on an electronic device. Pens and paper for note taking would also be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Christie's 'The Murder at the Vicarage' (1930); Allingham's 'Police at the Funeral' (1931); Chesterton's 'The Scandal of Father Brown' (1935); Bude's 'The Sussex Down's Murder' (1936); Sayers's 'Busman's Honeymoon' (1937).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Literature - 1930's Crime Fiction


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