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2018 Week 1 Course 1

200 Years of British Murder


Michael Harrison


Week 1

1 - 7 July 2018

Murder has been an essential part of world literature since its beginnings. In this course we will study 5 important British crime novels (1820: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner; 1862: Lady Audley’s Secret; 1926: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; 1952: The Tiger in the Smoke; and 2015: His Bloody Project) to find what they have in common and what is distinctive. We should discover much more about the history of crime fiction in English, its varieties, and the way a book is constructed. Students should read the five books before the course begins. We will seek links to contemporary crime fiction and students are invited to bring their own linked reading discoveries to the group.





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