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Exploring Genre Crime Fiction


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Product Code: 978-1-921085-4-13

by Barbara Stanners

Each title in this series of teacher resource books, intended for use with students  in middle and senior secondary years, starts with a detailed definition of the genre, followed by an examination of a wide range of texts with

  • background information

  • information about text and context

  • ideas on genre conventions, representation of themes, characters, style

  • suggestions and strategies for dealing with the texts 

  • a wide range of student activities to suit different year levels,  with emphasis on what is being said and how it is being said, with questions

  • response tasks

Exploring Genre is an invaluable resource with in depth analysis and student exercises to help students analyse, question, interpret and articulate their understanding of the text.

Crime Fiction –Contents


Defining Crime Fiction

Evolution of the Genre

Detective Story fundamentals

Typical Conventions and Motifs

19th Century

Edgar Allen Poe’s Detective stories

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles- Conan Doyle

The Shropshire Lad- Houseman

‘Cosy Fiction’

Defining ‘Cosy’ Fiction

The Mousetrap –Agatha Christie

Hard Boiled Crime Fiction/Film Noir

Defining Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction

The Big Sleep- Raymond Chandler

Film Noir Conventions

Maltese Falcon –  Radio Program

Noir Website

Mystery / Thriller

An Inspector Calls- J.B. Priestley

Dial M for Murder- Hitchcock

Chinatown- R. Polanski

Contemporary Crime Fiction

Skull Beneath the Skin - P.D.James

The Real Inspector Hound- Tom Stoppard

Lamb to the Slaughter- Roald Dahl

Feminist Crime Fiction

Writing Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction Online