Special Topic: Tartan Noir: Scottish Crime Fiction
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
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OverviewAn exploration of the long tradition of ?Tartan Noir?, from forerunners like Walter Scott through the ?classic? crime fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle to the contemporary thrillers of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.Scottish writers have made a significant contribution to the development of crime fiction, helping to establish the genre in the late-nineteenth century and becoming some of its most globally popular exponents in the twenty-first. This paper explores the long tradition of ?tartan noir', from forerunners like Walter Scott through the ?classic' crime fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle to the contemporary thrillers of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. Topics of discussion will include: the character of the detective hero; the role of crime fiction in the construction of national identity; and writing the city in Scottish crime fiction.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine StepsIan Fleming, Casino Royale
Muriel Spark, The Driver's SeatIan Rankin, Black & Blue
Val McDermid, The Wire in the Blood Iain Banks, Complicity.
In addition to these texts, the Course Reader (available from the Print Shop) includes Walter Scott's ?The Two Drovers', several Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, and a number of supplementary critical readings.
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