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FR405 - French Crime Fiction 1945 - Present

  • Module code: FR405
  • Module name: French Crime Fiction 1945 - Present
  • Department: French Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will examine crime fiction from La Belle époque to the present day. We will be looking at the evolution of a highly codified genre which has gradually gained literary respectability.

Principal learning outcomes

In our readings we will pay particular attention to the detective figure who has progressively shed his – more often than her - superhero attributes to become, as Raymond Chandler put it, ‘the common man and yet an unusual one’.We will also assess some of the major stages in the development of the genre: the advent of l’inspecteur Maigret (1930s), the influence of the American hard-boiled detective, the creation of the Série noire (1940s) and the birth of the ‘polar’ (1970s). Other relevant themes will be discussed: the genre’s ability to establish a critical dialogue with French history (Didier Daeninckx), to critique social order (Jean-Patrick Manchette), to capture the energy of urban youth culture (Jean-Claude Izzo), to challenge its traditional codes (Fred Vargas, Daniel Pennac) or to reflect (notably through the use of parody and pastiche) upon its narrative habits.

Timetabled teaching activities

One lecture and one seminar per week.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/french/current/ug/modules/finalyear/crimefiction/

Other essential notes

Running in 2011-12

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR405-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Spanish Studies and French Studies (R4R1) - Year 4
Optional
  • Undergraduate Politics with French (M1RC) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English and French (QR3A) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies (R101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with International Studies (R1MA) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate French with International Studies (R1MA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Spanish (R1R4) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies with German (R1RA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Italian (R1RB) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French and History (R1VA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Theatre Studies (R1W4) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Film Studies (R1WA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History of Art and French (V3R1) - Year 4