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FR4181 Contemporary French Crime Fiction

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module introduces students to the tradition of French crime fiction and its contemporary manifestations. Via a survey of classic sub-genres of crime fiction from the early twentieth-century onwards, followed by close reading of texts by key contemporary (post-1985) crime writers, students will learn about: the historical background of the genre; how and where crime fiction is situated in the fields of 'popular culture' and literature in general; what different sub-genres of crime fiction exist. The module will focus both on the specific features of crime fiction (social/historical/political engagement of the set texts; narrative and linguistic strategies) and on the mutually illuminating relationship between genre fiction and 'high' literature.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all MA degrees involving French

UG Pre-requisite(s):FR2022 or FR2032

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr K Jones
Module teaching staff: