ENG31780 Contemporary European Crime Fiction

Academic Year 2021/2022

The course will explore crime fiction from Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and Southern Europe from the 1990s to the present day. Writers to be studied include (subject to confirmation) Tana French, Arnaldur Indridason, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Henning Mankell, Attica Locke and Andrea Camilleri. Topics for analysis include genre (shifting conventions and hybrid forms), cultural contexts (variations in the historical/political/social forces that shape crime fiction), the ideological implications of representations of criminality, detection and social order (especially in relation to race/ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender), popular and critical reception, and the dissemination of contemporary crime 'narratives' through other media (e.g., television and film).

Students registered to ENG 32020 Detecting Fictions: The Crime Novel in Britain, America and Ireland, should NOT register for this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the contemporary European crime novel through analysis of a range of texts across differing cultural contexts.
2. Engage with key critical and theoretical concepts relating to national identities, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class, and their representation within contemporary narratives.
3. Apply such concepts and contexts to close analysis of the course texts (primary and secondary), analysis that is also alert to generic concentions and their revision/subversion.

Indicative Module Content:

• Genre (shifting conventions and hybrid forms)
• Transcultural contexts (the historical/political/social forces that shape crime fiction)
• Ideological implications of representations of criminality, detection and social order (especially in relation to race/ethnicity,
class, sexuality and gender)
• Popular/critical reception and the dissemination of contemporary crime ‘narratives’ through other media (e.g., television and
film).

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

20

Specified Learning Activities

36

Autonomous Student Learning

44

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The classes are two hours in duration.

The first half is structured around a presentation by the lecturer (supported by PowerPoint) focusing on one/two of the course texts. This will be recorded in advance.

The second half is structured around student responses to set texts and topics. In the context of Covid-19 and the restrictions on face to face teaching, we will be devising new (online) ways of encouraging student response and discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
ENG30920 - The Crime Novel, ENG32020 - Detecting Fictions

Additional Information:
​ENG 31780 Contemporary European Crime Fiction: ​​students registered to this course should not register to ENG 32020 Detecting Fictions: the Crime Novel in Britain, America and Ireland.


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Written mid term assignment/s Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No

40

Examination: End of trimester examination worth 60% of the overall marks for the module 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded No

60


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback available following C/A assignment/s.

Contemporary European Crime Fiction: Reading List (Provisional)

Andrea Camilleri, The Shape of Water
Karen Fossum, Bad Intentions
Tana French, Broken Harbour
Mick Herron, Slow Horses
Arnaldur Indriðason, Strange Shores
Asa Larsson, The Second Deadly Sin
Henning Mankell, Faceless Killers
Stuart Neville, Those We Left Behind
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Someone to Watch Over Me
Name Role
Professor Nicholas Daly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Fionnuala Dillane Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Anne Fogarty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Gerardine Meaney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Maria Stuart Lecturer / Co-Lecturer