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2018 Week 5 Course 10

Victorian Detective Novels: The Game is Afoot!


Sara Zadrozny


Week 5

29 July - 4 August 2018

As a genre, the detective story remains hugely popular and highly influential. From Edgar Allan Poe’s Rue Morgue stories to contemporary television adaptations the detective formula invites us to solve the mystery and outwit the criminal. This course will examine not only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, but also one of the original detective stories ‘The Woman in White’ featuring the narrator in the role of unwitting detective. Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, meanwhile, employs fears about gender and class, as Lady Audley's criminal upward mobility poses a threat to wider society. This course offers an insight into Victorian attitudes to the police, Scotland Yard and to crime.





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