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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 379M • The British Detective Novel and its Film and Television Adaptation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35562 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description

The detective novel constitutes a genre of its own which will be examined in this course, on the basis of Yves Reuter's analytical framework provided by Le roman policier (students will not be required to read this book; the related course material will be in English). We will examine texts by Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, P.D. James and Ian Rankin. We will investigate the relationship between these texts and popular culture adaptations of the detective narrative in film and television, focusing on Poirot, Morse, Dalgliesh and Rebus. The course will examine the theme of order/chaos/restoration and consider permutations and developments of the genre over the 20th century, as it responds to cultural anxieties and complexities of the society in which it is produced. Formal and thematic characteristics of the texts as well as the sociocultural contexts in which they are produced and consumed will be discussed.

Grading Policy

2,000 word-essay on a topic chosen from a set list (60%)
Participation in class (20%)
Class tests (20%)


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