The Queens of Crime

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The Queens of Crime

<p>Enjoy some escapist intrigue as we explore the literary, historical and social worlds of the Queens of Crime. Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham were all

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Enjoy some escapist intrigue as we explore the literary, historical and social worlds of the Queens of Crime. Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham were all mega-sellers, and this course explores their fascinating lives, literary output and influence. Learn about the golden age of crime writing in English and become familiar with some of the greats of this beloved tradition. Enjoy some escapist intrigue as we explore the literary, historical and social worlds of the Queens of Crime. Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham were all mega-sellers, and this course explores their fascinating lives, literary output and influence.


SUGGESTED READING

  • And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  • The Nursing Home Murder, Ngaio Marsh
  • The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Tiger in the Smoke Margery Allingham


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Agatha Christie and the rise of the detective novel – How she became the world’s bestselling author, her strange and mysterious life and why her stories continue to fascinate us
  • Ngaio Marsh and the Antipodean revenge – The unexpected triumph of a New Zealand lady novelist, the omnipotent inspector and the secret of her prolific pen
  • Dorothy L. Sayers and the Oxford connection – Jazz age glamour, clever diversions and deeper realisations
  • Margery Allingham and the quiet achievement – Rediscovery, Albert Campion and social insights


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a deeper knowledge of some of the great female writers of 20th century crime, and use this knowledge to enrich their reading lives
  2. Comprehend the ways in which crime novels were used to examine social convention and make use of more profound knowledge and insights
  3. Take their knowledge to broaden their literary experience beyond the course
  4. Understand how Golden Age crime novels work and what ideas they explored