Special Topic: Tartan Noir: Scottish Crime Fiction

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: Tartan Noir: Scottish Crime Fiction

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An 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.

    Textbooks
    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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