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Summative Essay Titles

Students following assessment method I (Examination and Assessed Essay), are required to write, in English, one essay of 2,000-2,500 words on one of the following topics.

1. ‘Œdipe détective, coupable et victime: cette haute convergence tente et fascine les auteurs les plus estimés’ (Jacques Dubois). Examine the relevance of this quote with reference to Didier Daeninckx’s Meurtres pour mémoire and Boileau & Narcejac’s Sueurs froides.

2. Analyse the use of memory and flashbacks in Didier Daeninckx’s Meurtres pour mémoire and Boileau & Narcejac’s Sueurs froides.

3. Discuss and compare the notion of flânerie in relation to Léo Malet's Brouillard au pont de Tolbiac and Fred Vargas’s Pars vite et reviens tard.

4. ‘[…] il y a deux sortes de littérature: la vraie littérature, celle qui produit des « objets » parfaits, autour desquels il est loisible de se promener longtemps […]. Et puis, la littérature de consommation, dont le roman policier est sans doute le modèle le plus achevé […]’ (Thomas Narcejac). Discuss the relevance of this quote with particular reference to Didier Daeninckx’s Meurtres pour mémoire and Fred Vargas’s Pars vite et reviens tard.

5. Discuss the use of pastiche and parody in any TWO texts studied for this module.

6. Analyse and compare the mythical and inter-textual dimensions of crime fiction with reference to TWO pieces studied for this module.

7. ‘The crime genre is often the vehicle for social critique’. Examine the relevance of this statement with reference to TWO texts studied on this module.

You may, if you wish, to submit one essay of between 4,000 and 4,500 words for this module.